“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.”
Rhode Island Civil Rights Union supports unfettered free speech
We support the right to speak your conscience peacefully without fear of violent or personal attacks.
While we are against bigotry and hate speech, we are vehemently against hate speech laws, as they entail a slippery slope into governmental control of what is allowed to be said.
We are against deplatforming, legal or illegal, as it is an immoral method of shutting down free speech and dialogue considered offensive.