On Boston’s Shameful Anti-Free Speech Terror





The Boston Free Speech rally, which is being universally reported in the press as the “free speech” rally, was shamefully shut down by a heckler’s protest, surrounded by jackbooted Boston riot police. The Washington Post and Boston.com reported “a handful” of attendees, who never even got to make their speeches as they were terrorized by thousands of left-wing activists.

Shame on Boston.

The rally had been planned long before the Charlottesville white supremacist march. It was organized by John Medlar, a local college student, who has repeatedly denied any connection with Richard Spencer or any of the tiki brigade at Charlottesville.

Boston’s mayor, Democrat Marty Walsh said Friday in response to why the city granted the permit for the gathering:

The courts have made it abundantly clear. They have the right to gather, no matter how repugnant their views are. But they don’t have the right to create unsafe conditions. They have the right to free speech. In return, they have to respect our city.

Their crime? They support President Donald Trump. Anyone curious or supporting conservative values was terrified to even try to go to the rally. They were terrorized by a rabid mob willing to commit violence in the sight of the press and claim its righteousness.

This is not some shining example of tolerance, or free speech. It’s a mob of Jacobins who would turn on their own once they beheaded all the conservatives in their midst, exercising a heckler’s veto as heinous as any Alabama mob at a Dr. King speech in 1967. (I’m speaking figuratively here.)

Boston is not in any way a shining example of racial harmony. This is the city that fought school integration (“bussing”) as ferociously as any Mississippi Jim Crow county. In May, Calvin Hennick reported on a man shouting racist epithets at a Red Sox game. It wasn’t the first time it happened this season.





The leftist, compliant media is reporting this as some kind of win for civil society. But in fact it’s a terrible loss for free speech, tolerance, and a victory for hate.

Who did the Boston Herald reach out to–to find out who would be at the rally? The KKK. They were clearly trying to stir the pot. WaPo reported that Joe Biggs, who writes for InfoWars, a website President Trump favors, was planning to speak but reportedly withdrew. Yes, I know nutcase Alex Jones runs InfoWars, but it’s hardly The Daily Stormer.

In the end, basically nobody spoke except a phalanx of chanting protesters champing at the bit to beat up someone with a MAGA hat. Free speech, my lily-white tuchas (as my Everett, Mass. born-and-bred Italian Jewish stepfather would have said).

Shame on Mayor Walsh. Shame on the media, shame on them all.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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