Saturday, March 28, 2009

Score One for the Constitution

Back in February, I posted about the unfortunate plight of Mr. Herb Quintera, a business owner in Clearwater, Florida, and the problems he was having with an overzealous bunch of local government busybodies, which eventually prompted the filing of a federal lawsuit against the city.

I am happy to note that a U.S. magistrate has recomended to a federal judge that Mr. Quintero's 1st Amendment rights be upheld and that the city government should back off. The case still has to go before a federal judge, but it appears Mr. Quintero will ultimately prevail.

Over the last month, this story has sparked outrage from all over the nation, as people (including myself) began flooding the city government with emails in support of Mr. Quitero's God-given right to free speech and freedom of expression:

"They're very abusive, profane, insulting e-mails," City Manager Bill Horne told the St. Petersburg Times. "I happen to believe we did the right thing."
Somehow I don't think Mr. Horne "gets it. "

Perhaps the good citizens of Clearwater will take note of this whole sad affair and toss Mr. Horne out into the street next election day.

(h/t: WorldNetDaily)

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When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson