That’s the message being delivered to a Palos, Illinois Trustee. Don’t go there. Because anything you say will be labeled hate.
Trustee Sharon Brannigan says she was just exercising her First Amendment rights to free speech.
In one post she asks, “Why are all our schools filling with Middle East students without proper documentation?”
In another she says “Muslims don’t integrate and keep their activities hidden.”
And in yet another she applauded the First Lady for not wearing a headscarf while she was overseas.
The rally cries were clear Monday night as dozens called for the resignation of a suburban village trustee who they say is racist and offensive. But the trustee isn’t backing down.
“Hate speech can eventually lead to hate crimes,” a woman outside of the meeting said.
Angry about the Palos Township Trustee’s social media posts, protesters called for Trustee Sharon Brannigan to step down.
The “hate speech can lead to violence” trope is wearing mighty thin.
You know what also might lead to violence? Mob restrictions on speech. Immature Americans who figure that offending someone is so terrible that they’d rather take away constitutional and unalienable rights. In some cases, poor immigration policy has led to violence.
From the comment section of the Chicago 5 story:
It is so infuriating that people continue to use the first amendment to promote hate and say whatever they want to say whenever they want to say it. What the constitution actually says is that Congress shall make no law that inhibits freedom of speech and was written because people were thrown in jail and killed for speaking out against the king. It does not say that you can say whatever you want just because you think it.
[These are just the first few lines of the comment. The writer made some good comments about schools and universal education. It’s at the link. – Dave
Some of the trustee’s comments were about undocumented foreign refugees coming into the schools. I would never criticize the appearance of kids in school, but there is a legitimate debate to be had about immigration, school resources, health issues and paying for the growing immigrant student population.