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Biden is venturing into dangerous territory by pushing Facebook to censor anti-vaccination speech

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There is no debate among reasonable people about coronavirus vaccines. The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence supports that they are safe, that side effects are extremely rare and that they are highly effective at preventing death and serious illness.

Nevertheless, President Biden is venturing into troubling territory as he attempts to push Facebook to censor anti-vaccination speech. He may be on the moral high ground on the facts of the issue, but in pursuing this strategy, he is posing a threat to the principles of the First Amendment.

The First Amendment is designed to prevent government from establishing an intellectual orthodoxy. Governments throughout history have attempted to do this, creating official established religions that could not be criticized or banning the profession of certain ideas. James Madison, author of the First Amendment, stood athwart the tide of history and yelled stop. The new democratic republic would, from its onset, be the first government in history to dedicate itself to individual intellectual freedom.

There is no exception to that rule........

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