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Abortion protesters are entitled to their opinion

8:15 AM EDT, April 9, 2012

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I find Sy Steinberg's letter to the editor ("Protesters rewarded for disruptive behavior," March 29) about the settlement given abortion protesters to be very disturbing. Mr. Steinberg writes that "the protesters are inciting the public, who are entitled to be free of a bunch of grotesque signs." This statement implies that we, the public, have a right to be free of free speech. That is a very dangerous attitude and our right to free speech should be cherished whether or not we agree with the speaker.

This reminds me of a letter to the editor I wrote a few years back defending flag burners. No, I don't approve of flag burning, but we should all defend to the death our right to do so. The same rule should go for other forms of peaceful protest. Don't ever give up a right so that you can be comfortable.

David Plaut, Reisterstown