What freedom of speech means

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” is a majestic and often repeated line attributed to Voltaire.

No matter how many times in our lives we hear someone quote this vow, it’s always startling to be reminded of its real meaning–as inscribed in our Constitution. So, be startling by this, from the New York Law Journal:

Town Faulted for Efforts to Deter Man’s Free Speech

Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal    |

A rural upstate town violated the free speech rights of a resident by trying to deter him from displaying political signs on his property, some containing swastikas and messages saying his neighbor and the town’s supervisor should be in jail, a federal judge has ruled.

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