It Takes a Village to Gain the Right of Free Speech
Free Speech. These two words represent a concept so meaningful to those in the United States and in many countries that people die defending it. It is so ingrained into the fabric of many societies that it’s been taken for granted.
Free Speech threatens those who fear what others have to say; who they worship; and even what they think.
On this day, January 7, 2015, people died in France defending their Free Speech.
Perhaps more than any liberty, Free Speech is the most sacred to Americans. The U.S. supports Free Speech for people around the world who do not have it.
Recently on RainmakersTV, Jon Newstrom discussed his work to help the peoples of Croatia, Afghanistan and Sudan develop and exercise their new right of Free Speech. Someday, thanks to Jon Newstrom and others like him, there will be generations of Croatians, Afghans and Sudanese who will take their Free Speech for granted.
But that, too, is their right.
Jon Newstrom would never consider himself a freedom fighter. But he helped people who never had the right before say what they want, believe how they feel, and think for themselves.