Penn. Newspaper Becomes a No Free Speech Zone: Banning Stories on Traditional Marriage

From now on publishers of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania have decreed that stories that carry any message that criticizes gay marriage will not be allowed. It’s a move that turns the paper’s own name into an ironic statement against freedom of speech.

So now, a newspaper that calls itself the “Patriot” news will be using its editorial powers to put a ban on free speech. In a state that formed one of the original 13 colonies that fought the British for free speech, yet!

That’s right, no contrary opinion will be allowed in Harrisburg from now on…

The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage.

“As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage,” they declared.

After receiving strong pushback, the newspaper’s editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed — but only for a “limited” period of time.

No free speech for you, Patriot-News readers.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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