Your Free Speech Ends at the Point a Bully Says So
It appears that a Maryland state judge may be signing on to the effort to use “peace orders” to prohibit political expression that some people on the far left don’t like. And it is certainly true that those on the left won’t be safe either, as the far right has given no more indication of tolerance for dissent than the far left does.
This is a very disappointing event. As someone who has been personally targeted in the past, I’m saddened to see the continuing disrespect for free expression by those whose political movement was supposedly born in the “Free Speech Movement” of the 1960s. Since then, we’ve gone through campus speech codes, bans on “hate speech” (defined as any speech the hearer disagrees with), attempts to get people fired for disagreeable political views, and now the use of the courts to get those on the other side arrested.
This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Anyone who wants the freedom to express their own views online needs to respect the rights of others to do so. More importantly, they can’t stand mute or make up excuses when someone on the other side is targeted. The bullies might be filing the court papers against you next.