J. Peder Zane

April 22, 2014 5:02 PM

Zane: First Amendment freedoms must be protected

It is because we grant the government such tremendous power - especially to take our property and liberty - that we need the First Amendment to protect citizens against our leaders and their allies. The Gene Nichol case reminds us that officials too easily conflate their personal views and needs with those of the state and nation.

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