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Keeping free speech alive

Posted: July 26, 2011 1:28 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

I recently posted an article on the Kershaw County Patriots page on Facebook that seems to have stirred up a bit of a controversy. The article was entitled “When is It OK to Shoot a Cop.” I asked that anyone who wished to comment on the article read it first. With the exception of myself, no one commented on the article. The page is an open page and all comments are welcome as a way to open a healthy debate. It seems, however, rather than commenting on the article, someone from law enforcement contacted this paper and complained. Why did they not come to me or comment? Anyone who took the time to read the article would realize that unless there was tyranny at the hands of law enforcement the article was not advocating going about shooting police officers. I only ask that anyone with questions about this article read it themselves. It can be found at www.copblock.org/5475/when-should-you-shoot-a-cop/.

The group page, like all group pages on Facebook, allows for all members to post articles. It seems that instead of coming to me, the one who posted the article, the paper contacted another member of the group. So here is my statement, "Neither I nor anyone I know with the Kershaw County Patriots has ever advocated for anyone to go about shooting officers. The article was posted to encourage open debate in a time when the political climate sees an erosion of the rights of the people. It was not meant in any way to be a threat. It was placed there to give people a chance to voice their opinion. I believe we still have free speech in this country and I am sure there are those who would disagree with the article and I would defend their right to do so."

 I should also like to point out that the group page is an open page and anyone can join. We do not screen members or content.

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