The right of free speech ends only when it violates another person's safety or reputation.
We did NOT deny Gary Lopez and the COG blog their freedom of speech, in fact we just offered you a link to it here and by clicking on their logo on the right. The new COG blog also has a free link in our Directoty under Local Blogs.
We required from him what we require from all our "Cape Bloggers" - that he not use profanity, not delete the comments made by people who disagreed with him, and not attack the comments with personal slurs.
We gave him three warnings, but his need to be vulgar and vicious overcame his need to be read on CapeCodTODAY.com
Or as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Schenck v. U.S. (1919) in setting limits on the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution: "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater..."
We seldom agreed with Gary, but welcomed his dissident voice for Barnstable and hope another resident takes up his flagitious sword and makes it righteous.The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously and discretion in speech is more potent than eloquence.