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


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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