More Attacks on Free Speech
Posted by Godefroi on January 9, 2008
Yesterday I posted about the fiasco of Lionheart’s arrest in England…England of course being a bastion of rabid political correctness and disgraceful dhimmitude.
Today the issue is closer to home. In Philadelpha, the cradle of our free Republic and our Constitution. This is another example of an overbearing government entity stifling legitimate free speech, and as I said, should be a cause of serious concern to everyone.
Christian activist to be arraigned today for refusing to honor ‘free speech zone’
January 9, 2008
The director of Christian activist group Repent America will be arraigned today in a Philadelphia courtroom on charges of unlawful preaching.
Michael Marcavage had been preaching to people on a public sidewalk outside the Liberty Bell Center this past October when he was arrested by officers from the National Park Service. The arrest came after he refused to move to a so-called “free-speech zone” across the street from the building housing the Liberty Bell.
The incident occurred during Repent America‘s annual pro-life evangelism tour, and according to Marcavage, he was just exercising his constitutional right to free speech.
“It’s a very dangerous case and another example of how our nation is headed down this path of destruction when people are not free to speak,” he cautions. “Then we find ourselves in a society in which we’re no longer enjoying the liberties God has bestowed upon our nation.” And it is ironic, he adds, that his right to free speech was challenged in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American freedom.
The chief ranger at the site told Marcavage that due to policy changes, freedom of religion and speech are prohibited anywhere on the public park grounds without a permit, and only then if in the free-speech zone.
What the hell is a “free-speech zone”? Where, exactly, does the Constitution allow for selective application? I thought the only “permit” needed for Constitutional protection was U.S. citizenship.
These are dangerous times for many, many reasons.