Is free speech at risk?

In the past year, we have seen many attacks on our most treasured human rights.  Among these basic human rights is freedom of speech.  The ability of good people to gather and speak out against the destruction of innocent human life other ethical issues is being undermined.  You may remember that Janet Napolitano, Director of Homeland Security declared the “extreme left” as dangerous.  In a word, Napolitano, “warns against the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists” concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty and singles out returning war veterans as particular threats.”  Pretty scary, ha!

Last night, while I was checking out my many news links, I ran across two YouTube videos of people demonstrating at the US Capital in Washington, DC against Senator Nancy Pelosi.  The first was from the inside.  It showed people ripping up copies of the health care bill legislation and an elderly priest being arrested.  The second took place outside the Capitol as Pelosi gave her “victory” speech.  A number of people were outside with plackets and bull horns, again criticizing the Senator.  I watched in horror and dismay as police once again came, nocked the bull horns out of peoples hands and arrested them.

We the people have a right to peacefully demonstrate for or against something our government is proposing.  The fact is, we pay the bills and we pay our politicians salaries.  Has the phrase “Free Speech” become past tense in the USA?

Video inside the Capital by Palosi’s office.

Video of arrests outside the Capital.

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Father Jay Finelli is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence in the state of Rhode Island. He is a webmaster, podcaster, and blogger. In his free time, Father is an avid Live Steam enthusiast.

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Is free speech at risk? — 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this. One of my friends was arrested. Those people were there because they want to stop the child killing and they are willing to proclaim the Truth at great cost to themselves. Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” They are actually doing it. God bless them!

  2. Dear Padre, As Khrushchev said at the UN in the 60’s “We will destroy you [the U.S.] from within” so has Communism entered into our Country and is “destroying” us; our freedom, our way of living, our worship, our childbearing, etc. What is the answer to this horror? Only a Divine Intervention will correct the conscience of the world. Only through the intercession and triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will we have peace. It’s way past the time for Christians to come together to fight this scourge of our country. Without God’s intervention it will look hopeless, but that’s when He will act; when we are brought to our knees! “Pray, pray, pray”, Our Lady cries out but no one listens or even deny’s her message to humanity. “Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved spouse!” May the Holy Spirit renew the face of the earth!
    Deacon John

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