Free speech goes both ways

04/12/2014 10:04 AM

04/14/2014 9:28 AM

Re "Expelling Eich, other 'enemies of the people'" (Viewpoint, April 12): Ben Boychuk might revere the First Amendment, but he doesn't seem to understand the principles behind it very well. Freedom of speech is not an absolute entitlement to be free of consequences for that speech.

People other than Brendan Eich also have a right to complain about things they don't like. They also have a right to choose whom they associate with.

Ben Boychuk's view of free speech would undermine the rights of free speech and free association of those who believe that consenting adults, including those of the same gender, should have the liberty to freely engage in a marriage contract.

When engaging in a discussion of rights and freedom, it helps to consider those belonging to all individuals involved and not just a single individual.

-- Donald D. deRosier, Carmichael

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