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Putting Frosting On Free Speech

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens” — Thomas Jefferson. Consider a scenario. Imagine me entering a cake shop and asking the proprietor to prepare a sheet cake with the text of the Second Amendment printed on a background of the U.S. flag. Put the National Rifle Association emblem in one corner for emphasis. If the cakemaker refused to make the cake on the basis that it offended his leftwing “morals,” what should I do? A civil man would take his order to another cake maker. That's what civility looks like. But too often, civility has been supplanted by incivility manifested as the brass knuckles of law. And when law relieves certain people of the responsibility of civility, many behave uncivilly. Witness the experience of a cake maker in Colorado who declined to create a cake with a pro-gay marriage message requested by a gay couple preparing to take their vows. Rather than take their business in elsewhere, they sued and the courts forced the cakemaker to do the couple's bidding/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.


Hux: Say What They Want You To Say

No one can blame the Kootenai County commissioners for adopting a social media policy for county employees. The Spokesman-Review has one, too. But some of the 16 guidelines approved by Dan, Jai and Todd seem, well, paranoid and/or Big Brotherish. Consider Guideline No. 2 (which Huckleberries calls the anti-whistle-blower rule): “Employees are free to express themselves as private citizens on social media sites to the degree that their speech does not impair working relationships of the County and its elected officials for which loyalty and confidentiality are important, impede the performance of duties, impair discipline and harmony among co-workers, or negatively affect the public perception of the County”/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Other SR weekend columns:

Question: Do the county's new social media rules protect employees' right to free speech?

NI Blogs: Protesting Easton Swap

My son learned a good lesson about free speech this past weekend. He and about 70 of his fellow Idaho Boy Scouts traveled into the big city to march on the council BSA office. They wanted to voice their concerns over the proposed sale of a beloved local Scout camp. It could not have been a worse day, weather-wise. An intense winter storm hit the area just as the rally was kicking off. That didn’t stop the boys’ enthusiasm, as they paraded along the street, waving signs and shouting out protest chants. The blizzard-like conditions only steeled their resolve to be heard. After about an hour of waving at honking cars and brushing layers of snow off of hats and coats, we climbed back into our cars and carefully made our way home/Idaho Dad, A Family Runs Through It. More here.

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Aryan Defends Picket, Free Speech

AryanWomen88 (Re: Vandals, bigots target struggling stand): I just returned from N gov way & Sherman ave at the Cda park (where supremacists were picketing Saturday afternoon), and had the chance to speak with imperial wizard Shaun Winkler, he is more racist than even i am, It doesnt matter if you agree or disagree with the kkk , you should all take a opportuinty to go down and talk with him to hear thier reasoning to why they are out there its not just about the food, he says they will be at one of the taco stands every friday at lunch. so go down and talk with him or protest him or whatever, afterall he says he believes in everones right to free speach. … I dont believe they should be able to set up taco trucks where every they please and have them on all street corners, why dont they purchase or lease buildings that are vacant to run a legitement restaurant? Putting a taco cart on every corner makes our town look like trash!

DFO: I know this post is unsettling. It was posted by a person involved in the local racist protest against the three Mexican food stands in Coeur d'Alene. I view this as an opportunity to let the supremacists what you think of their protests.

Funeral Flap

Protesters from the Rev. Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate during funeral services for Dr. George Tiller.

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