pipedreams Posted March 12, 2021 Share Posted March 12, 2021 "While many Americans worry about ever-increasing censorship, those responsible for it have managed to amplify its effects by creating a climate of self-censorship. The principle of self-censorship is that people, just to be on the safe side, refrain from saying even things that aren’t outright banned by some applicable rules. An example is the effect of the Johnson Amendment, a law that prohibits tax-exempt nonprofits, including religious organizations, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Even though the law doesn’t prohibit discussion of political topics and stands virtually unenforced, opponents have long argued that pastors have avoided political topics in their sermons just to be sure they can’t be accused of running afoul of the law." https://www.theepochtimes.com/communist-tactics-to-force-self-censorship-sweep-america_3724784.html?utm_source=morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-03-10 "As Judge Learned Hand said in his 1944 speech “The Spirit of Liberty”: “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.” It appears Americans’ stand is now to rekindle that spark of liberty in the hearts of their peers." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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