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Now that Robert Copeland has finally resigned as a police commissioner in Wolfeboro, N.H., after referring to President Obama with a vile racial epithet, there seems to be a move afoot in some quarters to portray him as a victim of political correctness and a martyr in the cause of free speech. He is neither, and to think so betrays a thorough misunderstanding of constitutional rights.

Copelands remark, which contained a racial slur preceded by an obscenity, was overheard in a restaurant in March by a resident. She brought it to the attention of the town manager and the other two members of the police commission, an elected body that hires, fires and disciplines police officers and sets their salaries. When confronted about it, Copeland, 82, was hardly apologetic, writing in response that, I believe I did use the N word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse. For this, I do not apologize he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.

Earlier this month, about 100 residents attended a public meeting that was held to discuss the issue. Given that Wolfeboro, a wealthy resort town of 6,300 residents, has no mechanism for removing public officials between elections, many of those who attended were there to urge him to resign. Eventually he did, much to the relief of other town officials, who feared that his widely reported remark might lead to a boycott by potential visitors this summer.

Both at the meeting and subsequently, defenders of Copeland have suggested that the public outcry that greeted his remark was an example of the thought police stifling his free speech rights. Actually, the whole affair was a vindication of free speech.

The First Amendment provides that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. That is, government may not interfere with freedom of expression. It does not guarantee, however, that free speech will be free of the consequences it may incur in the marketplace of ideas.

In this instance, Copeland exercised his right to speak his mind if, in fact, he still has one and defended vigorously his right to do so. That did not mean that those who learned of his views were obliged to treat them with tolerance or refrain from exercising their own speech rights. Constituents of an elected official are under no obligation to remain silent when that official expresses views, even privately, that they find repugnant. In fact, many residents of Wolfeboro may have felt that their silence could have been interpreted as an endorsement of, or at least acquiescence in, Copelands slur.

So they were perfectly free to call on him to resign, and people living farther away certainly had a right to express themselves by threatening a tourist boycott. Just because a person has a right to say something doesnt mean that he has a right not to be contradicted, or to be immune from public condemnation.

The faith of the nations founders was that so long as government was barred from prohibiting speech it deemed dangerous or offensive, unsound views would be exposed as such in the welter of public debate, and wiser counsel would prevail. Thats what happened in this case.

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The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is sponsoring a commercial featuring Ron Reagan on Comedy Central Thursday night, where he concludes with: “Ron Reagan. Lifelong atheist. Not afraid of burning in hell.”

The son of President Ronald Reagan has long been an outspoken atheist and is an honorary officer of FFRF.

The ad will air during The Daily Show, which begins at 10 p.m., and again during the Colbert Report, which airs at 10:30 p.m. It will also appear during the reruns two hours later, for a total of four showings.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of FFRF, said that Reagan “had done an ad for us for Air America Radio when that was on. I had in mind we could recreate this as a visual for several years and we finally made it happen.”

You can watch the ad here.

While airing the ads during two of Comedy Central’s most popular shows was quite costly compared to other times, Gaylor said the audience is the right fit for the message.

“Both shows are highly irreverent, and yet are considered news sources for young people, so it was the right national audience,” she said. “It’s kind of a splashy way to debut the ad, and then we’ll air it during cheaper times.”

Here’s the entire text of the 30-second spot: “Hi, Im Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and Im alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government. Thats why Im asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nations largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan. Lifelong atheist. Not afraid of burning in hell.”

Gaylor and her husband, Dan Barker, who is also co-president of FFRF, are in Canada for a conference.

“The irony of this whole thing is they don’t get Comedy Central in Canada,” she said.

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Have we lost free speech in America?

Our First Amendment right for all Americans is free speech.

Protesters, journalists Civil-rights advocates, street preachers and all Americans

have enjoyed the right of free speech.

Free speech gets on our nerves if the language doesn’t fit

our philosophy, religious teachings, traditions or political views.

Free speech can inspire, encourage, help, teach and motivate but it can also

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(CNN) — Acting on a conservative battle cry and potentially triggering a court battle with the Obama administration, the Republican-led House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her agency’s targeting of conservative and other groups.

The 231-187 vote fell almost entirely along party lines, a decision that cut across three sharp divides: balance of power issues between the branches of government, political questions over the IRS scandal, and a Constitutional debate over Lerner’s individual Fifth Amendment rights.

Lerner is in the middle of that trio. Until she retired last year, she ran the IRS division in charge of tax exempt status. An inspector general’s report concluded her staff had inappropriately targeted Tea Party and other groups for extra scrutiny.

The term “progressive” was also flagged but the inspector general report indicated that conservative terms drew more attention from the IRS.

The Fifth Amendment question

For nearly a year, Lerner has refused House requests to testify on the matter, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Republicans insist that doesn’t apply here, that she waived the right by first asserting her innocence when she appeared before the House Oversight Committee last May.

“Mrs. Lerner made 17 separate factual assertions before invoking her right to remain silent,” proclaimed Rep. Richard Nugent, Republican of Florida, as he opened up Wednesday’s debate. “You can’t make selective assertions and still invoke your Fifth Amendment right.”

Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor, has dismissed that argument repeatedly and sent a statement rejecting it again Wednesday.

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(CNN) — Acting on a conservative battle cry and potentially triggering a court battle with the Obama administration, the Republican-led House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her agency’s targeting of conservative and other groups.

The 231-187 vote fell almost entirely along party lines, a decision that cut across three sharp divides: balance of power issues between the branches of government, political questions over the IRS scandal, and a Constitutional debate over Lerner’s individual Fifth Amendment rights.

Lerner is in the middle of that trio. Until she retired last year, she ran the IRS division in charge of tax exempt status. An inspector general’s report concluded her staff had inappropriately targeted Tea Party and other groups for extra scrutiny.

The term “progressive” was also flagged but the inspector general report indicated that conservative terms drew more attention from the IRS.

The Fifth Amendment question

For nearly a year, Lerner has refused House requests to testify on the matter, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Republicans insist that doesn’t apply here, that she waived the right by first asserting her innocence when she appeared before the House Oversight Committee last May.

“Mrs. Lerner made 17 separate factual assertions before invoking her right to remain silent,” proclaimed Rep. Richard Nugent, Republican of Florida, as he opened up Wednesday’s debate. “You can’t make selective assertions and still invoke your Fifth Amendment right.”

Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor, has dismissed that argument repeatedly and sent a statement rejecting it again Wednesday.

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House holds Lois Lerner in contempt

Acting on a conservative battle cry and potentially triggering a court battle with the Obama administration, the Republican-led House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about her agency’s targeting of conservative and other groups.

The 231-187 vote fell almost entirely along party lines, a decision that cut across three sharp divides: balance of power issues between the branches of government, political questions over the IRS scandal, and a Constitutional debate over Lerner’s individual Fifth Amendment rights.

Lerner is in the middle of that trio. Until she retired last year, she ran the IRS division in charge of tax exempt status. An inspector general’s report concluded her staff had inappropriately targeted Tea Party and other groups for extra scrutiny.

The term “progressive” was also flagged but the inspector general report indicated that conservative terms drew more attention from the IRS.

The Fifth Amendment question

For nearly a year, Lerner has refused House requests to testify on the matter, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Republicans insist that doesn’t apply here, that she waived the right by first asserting her innocence when she appeared before the House Oversight Committee last May.

“Mrs. Lerner made 17 separate factual assertions before invoking her right to remain silent,” proclaimed Rep. Richard Nugent, Republican of Florida, as he opened up Wednesday’s debate. “You can’t make selective assertions and still invoke your Fifth Amendment right.”

Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor, has dismissed that argument repeatedly and sent a statement rejecting it again Wednesday.

“Today’s vote has nothing to do with the facts or the law,” Taylor wrote. “Its only purpose is to keep the baseless IRS “conspiracy” alive through the midterm elections. Ms. Lerner has not committed contempt of Congress. She did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights by proclaiming her innocence.”

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