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The Left’s Monopoly on Free Speech and Bullying

“Everyone should have the right to voice their opinions…unless we don’t agree with those opinions.” -The Left

In lieu of the current insanity sweeping the nation into a frenzy over a new (old) law in Indiana, I remember a funny story a friend here in Los Angeles told me recently.

Her son came home from school one day and told her that he was being bullied by someone in his class. As a concerned mom she sat him down at the table, already planning angry phone calls and parent teacher meetings as she asked her son to recount every detail of what happened.

When she realized her son had been taught by the ultra-Leftist Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that anyone who disagrees with you is a bully, she couldn’t help but hold her head in shame and disgust. Yes, a boy in her son’s class held a different opinion, and using the ideology of the Left was therefore a bully.

Yet it’s funny how that same ideology applies to anyone who disagrees with them, but they can’t seem to be held to the same standard.

There are many examples of the Left and their subsequent media lapdogs following this insane methodology in both free speech and bullying, made evident in everything from Christians trying to express their beliefs in a personal manner before football games to a small pizza shop in Indiana.

As far as freedom of speech and the First Amendment are concerned, the Left is extremely vocal about their ideal that all people should have the right to express their own opinions; but as soon as someone does so whose opinions the Left doesn’t agree with, they gang up and attack like sharks smelling blood in the water.

Case in point: I’m sure everyone has heard about Memories Pizza, the small family owned pizza parlor in Indiana that became the center of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) act.

But do you know why they became the center of attention?

A point that has been kept relatively low on the headlines fueling this controversy is that Memories Pizza never actually turned away any gay couple or refused to cater any gay wedding.


This entire controversy erupted from a reporter (with questionable motives to begin with) asking a hypothetical question of the restaurant owners.

To spell it out, a reporter asked the Memories pizza owners to utilize their First Amendments rights and express their opinions…and when those opinions differed from the Anti-Christian animosity of the Left, they proceeded to do what the Left does best: they became the same bullies they pretend to fight.

The attack dogs of the Left took to Twitter, email, and phone calls, constantly harassing Kevin and Crystal O’Connor (the owners of Memories) to the point where the business was temporarily shut down, and Crystal was afraid to leave her apartment.

If that isn’t bullying, I don’t know what is. A terrifying double standard has emerged in this country, and in the social media/reality TV age of “the loudest and most atrocious wins,” the idea that the Left can spew whatever hate they want towards Christians but call any Christian or Conservative themed messaging “hate speech” is terrifying.

It shows this country going down a path of no return, of putting politics ahead of values, and political correctness ahead of integrity.

Thankfully, while the Left has the loudest mouths, it seems the conservatives still have the deepest hearts. Because of the GoFundMe campaign to help Memories Pizza reopen, they have raised over $842,000 in donations and have fired the pizza oven back up.

And in a show of classiness, The O’Connors have decided to share their new fortune with disabled children, a women’s help group, fire fighters, police trusts and Christian churches

The moral of the story, and one that my parents (of course conservative) have always taught me: stand by your morals, and don’t allow anyone to force you to change them.

And as the old joke goes, “if two people in a relationship agree all the time, one of them isn’t needed.” Just because someone doesn’t agree with you, that doesn’t make them a bully.

If they take to social media en masse to lambaste and harass you for having different opinions, however, that’s a different story.


Photo credit:  Bullies

Robert Patrick Lewis

Robert Patrick Lewis

Robert Patrick Lewis was a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for a Green Beret in Post-9/11 War” and the host of “The Green Beret MBA” and “Center Mass with Rob and Silent J” programs on Vets on Media.

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