Editorial: First Amendment

Updated: Apr. 20, 2017 at 5:57 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One of the most important liberties we are granted here in this great country of ours is the First Amendment, the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.

Thinking back to when the amendments were created, I am certain our founding fathers assumed the right of free speech would be an individual or individuals gathering to voice their concerns and point of view.

These views in the eyes of our Constitution creators were to be done without the risk of being penalized by the government. I am sensing that at no point did this freedom mean to endorse or encourage the right to riot or brutally attack those with differing views.

What we are seeing now from groups like Antifa and ALT Right violently clashing over differing views is not the answer. I like most, am passionate about my views and I certainly want to make my points known.

However, as much as I disagree with someone or something, I was raised to respect others. Imagine one of these rioters going home after one of these clashes and telling their parents or children "Yeah, I got to punch someone in the face today. They don't believe in the same things I do. I showed them."

Really? What was truly accomplished by these actions….

I would suggest these folks use this freedom to peacefully make their point and do it often  and then use this same passion in exercising their right to vote and getting others with similar views to do the same.

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