133 Words or Less: Freedom when We Say So

A lot of Americans love freedom and liberty, until it means allowing somebody the freedom to do something they find offensive.

During a recent Winter Haven, Fla. city commission meeting, Mayor John Rees had a man forcibly removed because he would not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. copper

The mayor first asked the man to stand for the prayer. The prayer went on.

“We thank you for allowing us to be in a country where we’re free to believe and think and pray.”

But when the man refused to stand for the pledge, the mayor had a cop come toss him. The mayor said it wasn’t “fair to the troops.”

Apparently, the freedom to think and believe in Winter Haven only extends to government-approved opinion. It’s freedom when they say so.

 

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