Freedom of Speech 231st Anniversary: Battle Just as Crucial Now as When Ratified in 1791

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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Over the course of American history, thousands have given their lives to protect this fundamental, God-given right.

Today, in modern America, free speech is under assault with the cooperation of the federal government, Big Tech and the mainstream media. Speech that does not fit one particular narrative is silenced, while its counterpart is promoted.

As America celebrates 231 years of free speech, religion, press, assembly and the right to petition the government, it must stay vigilant of those who look to strip those freedoms away.

Here are several of Charisma's top articles discussing the importance of these freedoms.

The Church's Role in Preserving Freedom of Speech in America by Eddie Hyatt

The controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving and his post of a tweet that claims the Jews in Israel are not the real Jews—that Black Africans are the real Jews—raises serious questions about free speech in America and has ramifications for every Bible-believing Christian.

However, I am also pro-freedom, and it concerns me to see how far some are willing to go in trying to force Kyrie to publicly recant. It has undertones of the old heresy trials in Europe where Jews and dissenting Protestants were threatened with imprisonment and death if they did not align their thinking with those in power.

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What We Have Learned About Censorship and Suppression of Speech in 'Free' America by Dr. Michael Brown

America is certainly not China or North Korea when it comes to censorship and suppressing free speech. But we are not nearly as free as we thought we were. The events of the last three years have made that strikingly clear, bringing to a head a dangerous pattern that had been developing for years before that.

By a "dangerous pattern," I'm referring to the pattern of censoring and/or suppressing conservative Christian speech on social media platforms. Those who have been on the front lines of the culture wars have experienced this for years.

To read the full article click here.

Controversial Pastor Deleted from YouTube, Christians Take Note by James Lasher

With a warning to Christians that they need to "wake up," Locke announced that YouTube had not suspended or deactivated his channel, they had deleted it completely.

Locke shared the email he received from YouTube regarding the Global Vision Bible Church YouTube page. It stated, "We have reviewed your content and found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. Because of this, we have removed your channel from YouTube."

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James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.

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