Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The First Amendment Protects Everyone’s Rights

October 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Gene Barton

After Charlottesville, which doesn’t have quite the ring of “Selma” as a watershed event, a former city desk editor at a newspaper where I used to work in another life, issued the following Facebook post:
Display of the so-called “Confederate” flag, except in museums and other historical displays, should be against US law, just as display of the swastika is against German law. The “alt-right” is American Nazism and should be treated as such.

I was a bit aghast to see that since, as a retired, front-line soldier of the free press, my former city editor was a diehard, banner-bearing advocate of the First...

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