Free speech isn't a one-way street

Posted: Friday, August 05, 2005

I have a response to Dixie Hood's letter of July 25. She advocates free speech, seeks out diversity and is a self-admitted liberal. That is fine for her. That is her choice. I am a self-admitted right-wing, free speech advocate, conservative who doesn't agree with some of the values that Ms. Hood and the liberal-left share. That is my choice and fine for me.

The problem I see between the two camps is that free speech is a one-way street, because free speech does not get extended to my side of the fence. If I say I don't believe in murdering unborn babies or say that I believe homosexuality to be wrong, then I am labeled all sorts of bad things and my values are brought into question. It seems I am not allowed to voice my opinion or even have a dissenting opinion much anymore. No, what I see is one camp forcing its values on the other camp. Sorry, I don't think we have very much free speech anymore.

Randy Palmer

Tucson, Ariz.

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