I heard recently on the radio that next year, the city of Asheville is considering establishing a “free speech zone” at Bele Chere. This is in response to some people’s complaints about protestors and/or preachers during the event.
Apparently, some people were affronted or even felt uncomfortable when in the vicinity of a protestor and/or preacher. Apparently, this a bit too diverse—even for Asheville.
A free speech zone is an oxymoron. If speech is confined to a small, roped-off area, that ain’t free speech, folks. In fact, we already have a free speech zone: It is called the United States of America (see: Amendment 1, United States Constitution, adopted 1787).
— Joseph Howard