Our First Amendment is under attack. Public officials refuse to enforce it. Some instruct law enforcement to flagrantly disobey it. We’ve seen this. Crowded left-wing riots, which long ago forgot about the value of Black lives, are treated as a protected form of peaceable assembly that cannot be questioned. Church picnics and traditional weekend worship must be forbidden to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Authorities disperse mourners gathered for a rabbi’s funeral in New York, as they allow violent and destructive protests to go unchallenged.

All over the country, we see police stand by as violent protesters destroy art and property. Minneapolis police turned over a major precinct building to rioters, at the mayor’s order, only to watch it burn.

Since then, violent and murderous protesters have taken over neighborhoods across the country.

In Washington, D.C., police have watched rioters burn and destroy cars, statues, and other property while making few arrests. They allowed protesters to paint “Defund the Police” on a public street.

It seems might makes right. Though the law of the land protects only “peaceable assembly,” violent and deadly assembly gets more protection and respect.

Any doubt about this observation was put to rest last week when Washington, D.C., officials arrested two young men for writing on a sidewalk with chalk. The peaceful protesters were outside a Planned Parenthood abortion business trying to write “Black pre-born lives matter” with chalk on a sidewalk. They were cuffed and hauled off on a charge of defacing public property.

One cannot “deface” a sidewalk with chalk. It washes away in the rain or turns to dust in the wind. Children mark sidewalks of the nation’s capital all day, every day to play hopscotch and four square in the summer. Chalk on public sidewalks represents the essence of free speech protected by the First Amendment.

City officials have a legal obligation to uphold the Constitution, which means they should arrest anyone who interferes with the peaceful chalking of a sidewalk to convey a message that falls within the boundaries of protected speech.

Anyone who believes D.C. officials care about the “defacing” of public property hasn’t seen the constant footage of vandals attacking cars, buildings, pulling down statues, and otherwise causing permanent defacement and destruction of public property.

Concern for a sidewalk was not the real issue. City officials did not like the content of the message. They fear a widespread public awakening, during the era of Black Lives Matter protests, to the truth about Planned Parenthood. It was founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger as a spinoff of The Negro Project — a movement she initiated to reduce the reproduction of Blacks.

The organization places nearly all of its abortion facilities in or near predominantly minority neighborhoods. Nearly 30% of the country’s abortions are performed on unborn Black children, even though Blacks make up only 13% of the population.

In reporting on the unlawful arrest of the peaceful sidewalk chalkers, The Washington Post provided an unusually balanced view. The newspaper interviewed a Black woman marching with the Students for Life protesters wearing “Black Pre-born Lives Matter” T-shirts.

“The unique hardships that come with being Black made her feel that she had little choice but to have abortions,” the Post article said, explaining the woman had aborted two pre-born children before becoming a pro-life activist.

Free speech is the law. It’s the first law in the Bill of Rights. But government authorities increasingly ignore enforcing the First Amendment and are willing to break it.

Americans cannot tolerate this. They must realize free speech is not free. Our founders risked their lives for it. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Americans have given their lives defending this country’s values — which begin with the First Amendment. The least WE THE PEOPLE can do is demand public officials respect, obey and defend the law of the land. They work for us, not just a powerful abortion provider that funds politicians.

— Colorado Springs Gazette

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