Ben C. Toledano: Freedom of speech

June 23, 2011 11:53:00 AM



In your editorial of Tuesday, June 21, you took a very strong position in favor of "freedom of speech," even when such "speech" involves disruption of a funeral service for an American soldier. You wrote that such a demonstration should not be "stifled just because we may disagree with them." You concluded your editorial by declaring that: "Idiots and sages alike have the freedom to freely express themselves in this great country. That they can is one of the sources of our greatness." 


May your readers properly conclude that your newspaper also supports "freedom of speech" when such "speech" involves racism, anti-Semitism, anti-homosexuality or similar subjects? May we also conclude that The Dispatch is opposed to what is termed "political correctness" and speech codes?