So goes the headline.
Quite frankly, I thought more readers would deny they still have the right to Free Speech. Instead, everyone claimed the opposite. Even better, every commentator raised good points that I didn't previously consider.
For starters, though Freedom of Speech is alive and well, it is threatened. It seems our nation is split down the middle in regards to political correctness. Some people believe in nothing but political correctness, but others constantly vilify their opponents. It seems there are very few vocal supporters for a more moderate approach, like good old-fashioned tact.
And sometimes, just because you have Freedom of Speech doesn't mean you should always use it. So many people jump into debates and discussions without having any idea what the issues or sides are. Some people seek to intimidate or drown opposing voices by blustering about and tearing down others. If you foster nothing but confusion or frustration, back take some time to learn as much of the story as you can before diving back into the fray.
As for me, I've always felt like I have Freedom of Speech, but that's mainly because I've never been worried about defending my understanding or understanding others' defenses.
My challenge today is for anyone who might feel their voice is oppressed. Raise it anyway. If someone challenges you, defend yourself and challenge them right back. You'll find your Freedom of Speech in that very moment.