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Protect our rights, freedom

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I plan to continue to express myself, and even though we might disagree, I encourage you to express yourself, too.

“That’s what freedom means to me,” writes Larry Lough, editor of the Telegraph and Gazette newspapers. This writing of Lough’s is found on page A7 of the July 6 SVWeekend edition, Sauk Valley Media.

I, Charles D. Becker, writer of “letters to the editor” since 1978, will repeat Lough’s statement, and I encourage you to express yourself. That’s what freedom means to me.

The Bible, the Word of God, “spread the good news” as Scripture proclaimers. Spread the news, good or bad, true or false, sensational or private, clean or dirty, war or peace, responsible or irresponsible, personally private or public; there is freedom of the press and free speech.

I wrestle daily with freedom of the press and freedom of speech. These freedoms are so very broad. In their very broadest are their misuse of rights. I tremble to think of my rights abused because of the freedom of the press or more so the freedom of speech.

Does our president concern himself with the rights of citizens or popular decisions for citizens? The Supreme Court judged its most recent decision of same-sex marriage; the marriage vows have basic fundamental purpose – male and female, husband and wife for procreation.

Laws protect our rights and freedom. When rights are seemingly more important than freedom, then what? Or vice versa, then what? If in doubt, love the Lord thy God and your neighbor as yourself. 

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