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Banning harmful ‘crazies’ is not prohibited by the First Amendment | READER COMMENTARY

Fr. Paul Kalchik, left, St. Michael’s Media founder and CEO Michael Voris, center, and Milo Yiannopoulos talk with a court officer before entering the federal courthouse, Sept. 30, 2021 in Baltimore. A federal judge has blocked Baltimore from banning the conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops’ meeting next month. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, file)
Fr. Paul Kalchik, left, St. Michael’s Media founder and CEO Michael Voris, center, and Milo Yiannopoulos talk with a court officer before entering the federal courthouse, Sept. 30, 2021 in Baltimore. A federal judge has blocked Baltimore from banning the conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops’ meeting next month. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, file) (Gail Burton/AP)

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Hollander failed in her decision to allow crazies like Steve Bannon to speak in Baltimore (”Bannon and Yiannopoulos in Baltimore? Yawn,” Oct. 14).

As Wikipedia notes: “Freedom of speech and expression, therefore, may not be recognized as being absolute, and common limitations or boundaries to freedom of speech relate to” libel, slander, sedition, incitement, fighting words and public security, among other issues. “Justifications for such include the harm principle, proposed by John Stuart Mill in ‘On Liberty,’ which suggests that ‘the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.’”

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And for a militant Catholic group like St. Michael’s Media to sponsor the event for these people who espouse harm upon us? Jesus is crying in his grave.

B.H. Meyer, Elkridge

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