If We Can’t Trust the People to Be Free We’ve Already Lost

Patrons use the downtown Fargo Public Library shortly after reopening to the public Monday, July 13. The library, which closed its doors March 17 due to the coronavirus, has now resumed regular summer hours. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks, wash their hands and maintain social distancing. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — I had to laugh at my friend and fellow columnist Tony Bender’s most recent headline, lamenting¬†the “morality police.”

He’s talking about Republicans, of course, though by his second paragraph he’s already defending laws that force bakers to serve gay couples because Bender finds that sort of thing to be moral.

So do I, frankly, but I also believe that the price of admission to a free society is that often people do or say things you don’t agree with.

If you want free speech, you’re going to have to live with Klan members exercising it too.

I guess, in Bender’s view, policing morality is fine as long as it is his morals being enforced.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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