But if this vision falls short of why we believe in America (and for the 68 percent of Americans who view freedom of the press as “very important” it certainly does), then we must ensure no person is ostracized or sidelined simply because they express or conduct themselves according to their time-honored beliefs.
America’s Founding Fathers did not risk their lives, their fortunes, or their sacred honor for the small portion of freedom a given government might allow us to posses. Rather, they risked their all for a freedom that God bestowed upon us when He created us and “endowed us with certain inalienable rights.”
Some of those rights—the freedom of speech, of the press, and of religion—were specifically protected by our Founders in the First Amendment because they recognized just how critical these freedoms are to a healthy society. We ignore that lesson at the risk of repeating history and subjecting ourselves to the very tyranny that the Founders sought to escape.