“It is a very great irony that the words of Thomas Jefferson should now be censored in America.”
That was part of the quote from Casey Stinnett
You may be wondering who Mr. Stinnett is?
Besides being a historian and self-professed lover of irony, he is the managing editor of the Liberty County Vindicator.
They made the news when Facebook flagged something they wrote as “hate speech”.
Stinnett later wrote that Facebook had restored the full post and acknowledged it should not have removed it in the first place.
“The Vindicator extends its thanks to Facebook. We never doubted Facebook would fix it, but neither did we doubt the usefulness of our fussing about it a little,” Stinnett wrote.
Source: The Hill
It was posted as part of their commemoration of Independence Day. It was censored by Facebook on Independence Day.
It’s a clear reminder on why we on the right oppose censorship of any ‘hateful’ speech. Even the Great Thomas Jefferson ran afoul of censorship.
Far better to engage any ideas you disagree with and — dare we say — persuade the person you disagree with that your position has merit.
Because if the same people who anchored our freedoms in our Founding Documents, and those documents themselves can be censored as ‘hateful’… than ANYONE can be censored.
That’s not an American approach to human freedom. That’s an Orwellian one.
The Left likes to say ‘we can do better’. Fair enough.
But ‘doing better’ won’t happen by silencing those you disagree with. It takes engaging them.
What does that look like?
Look to the example of the first Republican President — Abraham Lincoln.
Look to the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
That’s how it’s done.
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