By Reverend Paul N. Papas II
March 2, 2021
It has been on a constant loop: “If you see something, say something”. I don’t remember hearing there was any fine print or exceptions to that “rule”. We can see there clearly are.
With all the talk of what is essential; one item was left off the written list of the essential and non-essential items, and that is free speech.
In practice the drumbeat was “Thou Shall Not Contradict The Official Pronouncement”. No matter what your station in life, should you wander off the official script and have a different point of view, the hordes of Huns will be released to destroy you, your family, your employment or business and employees. Even if you should recant your ‘error’ of having a different point of view and grovel coast to coast, you will be destroyed, not welcomed back, and canceled. This does not fit any definition of free speech that I have seen.
Freedom of speech has become vital because, without freedom of speech, some people won’t be able to communicate effectively and even say a word when things are going wrong. Freedom of speech is essential because it can change the narrative of how people feel when they express themselves in public.
Freedom of speech is not a new concept. Freedom of speech can be found between the early 5th and 6th century. It was recognized by the Roman Republic which added freedom of speech and freedom of religion also. The fact that freedom of speech was essential at that time should tell you that freedom of speech is vital and very important even in these modern times.
Freedom of speech remain essential to us and our society, although the first amendment was instituted in 1791, the ideas of human rights that lead to freedom of speech is on paper in ancient human right documents.
The Founding Fathers of our Constitutional Republic saw Freedom of Speech as so essential to maintaining our Republic that they included it within the First Amendment.
When Freedom of Speech is fully operative:
- It enables the dispersion of excellent and accurate information.
- It enables media to present both sides of an issue accurately, eliminating Fake News.
- People will get the impact of new ideas.
- Freedom of speech is essential and ensures meaningful communication
- If you can’t communicate you don’t have the liberty to express yourself freely.
Clarity of information depends on the extent to which freedom of expression of thought and freedom of speech is open in all the changes and processes taking place in society. It helps the community to stay in harmony, protects the business, and promotes foreign exchange. Free Speech gives individuals peace in running daily activities with people.
Without Free Speech we would live in a Socialist or Communist society where dissidents are punished brutally, perhaps purged to re-education or death camps. Socialists and Communists quickly silence, canceled, opposition.
Much of today’s media in cooperation of Big Tech parrots talking points of one point of view to which “Thou Shall Not Contradict”
In support I offer the following news story with a video:
Fox10 Top Rated News Anchor Resigns, “I don’t like the way the media is going
Fox10 News Anchor Kari Lake has reflected on the trend-line for U.S. media and decided she can no longer participate in an industry that has devolved to a system of narrative engineering. Ms. Lake speaks directly to the issue of manipulated news feed script and she is no longer willing to participate in this activity.
Kari Lake: “Journalism has changed a lot since I first stepped into a newsroom… I don’t like the direction it is going. …I’m sure there are other journalists out there who feel the same way.”
Dangerous attacks on the Free Speech are well articulated by Paul Craig Roberts in his article titled “The New Journalism Is Destroying Us” https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/03/02/the-new-journalism-is-destroying-us/
Why Is FREE SPEECH Important?
A denial of free Speech relies on and foments fear, the same fear the schoolyard bully relies upon. This fear leads way to anxiety and a whole host of mental health issues.
Here is one expression of Not The Time To Put A Lid On It from the Network