Brigham City’s “free speech zones”: “It hasn’t been a problem in the past, but it could be in the future.”

Brigham City’s decision to establish “free speech zones” for activists wanting to exercise their constitutional right is as wrong as anything could be.

The city has embarrassed itself and shown a nasty “free-speech-for-me-but-not-for-thee” trait. (And by the way, why are measures that are clearly designed to restrict and regulate speech referred to by the Orwellian term, “free speech zones?”)

If we want to protest in Brigham City, we must beg permission from the city administrator and allow enough time for the city to place us in a non-restricted area.

There also needs to be at least 24 hours notice, so spontaneity and free speech are not tolerated.

We love the irony of this quote from Councilman Bruce Christensen, which could have come directly from George Orwell’s classic novel, “1984,” that portrays a world of extreme government surveillance and the erosion of a citizen’s rights:

“I applaud the mayor and the staff for bringing this forward. It hasn’t been a problem in the past, but it could be in the future.” (Yes, and little green men armed with guns that shoot poisoned whipped cream might also be a problem in the future.)

http://www.standard.net/topics/opinion/2010/09/24/our-view-orwellian-free-speech

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