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WHEREAS, controversial spokesmen have at times been denied permission to
speak in public places; and
WHEREAS, those who remain silent while violence and abuse continue must share
responsibility for the destruction of one of the most precious features of our
heritage, the right to speak our conscience freely;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED: That the 1967 General Assembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association recognizes and supports national and local leaders who
have defended the right to give peaceful and public expression of dissent and
urges all responsible national and local leaders to follow their example, and
reaffirms the right of all persons to give peaceful and public expression of
dissent from established policies and to ensure that such persons receive the
protection to which they are entitled by law. We further urge that public
facilities (including the facilities of the Unitarian and Universalist churches
and fellowships) be made readily available for speakers with diverse viewpoints
to express themselves publicly; and call upon the communications media to
provide more equitable opportunity for presentation of dissent from majority
points of view.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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