Celebrate freedoms, even in disagreement

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2004

In the past few days, three men have used their freedom to write letters to the Empire. Two of those men exercised the freedom given to every person in every country, no matter how repressive their government. They exercised their freedom to publicly praise their government without fear of official reprisal or public ostracism. These men exercised their right to condemn critics of their country as confused or evil a right freely given by the most repressive governments of the world.

That is not the freedom that I celebrate today. That is not the freedom nourished by the blood of our founders in the American Revolution. If it had been, there would have been no Revolution. I am writing in support of Logan Spencer, who is using his freedom to question the value of forced allegiance or forced reverence. He is using his freedom of speech to say that our country has lost its way just as Ben Franklin publicly criticized the British government under the limited freedom of speech in Colonial America.

Logan Spencer did not write to force others not to recite the pledge or become atheists. He didn't ridicule or demean others. Coercion is not the path of free peoples, but of subject nations. Mr. Spencer did not take this path and I beg his critics to avoid this road while sharing their disagreements.

Mr. Spencer, keep speaking out. I don't have to agree with everything you say to encourage you to keep using your inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which were granted by our Creator.

Daniel Cornwall


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