Everyone agrees that free speech is a great thing--unless someone is calling out a leftist group for their behavior; in those cases, the left views such speech as unacceptable, intolerable, and might even end up filing a lawsuit (or three) against you just for expressing your views and opinions.
This situation is unfolding prominently the State of Washington. The Washington Examiner has recently reported this story. The SEIU v. Freedom Foundation:
Did you know that just telling union members about their rights under federal law can bring misery down on your head? Just ask the Freedom Foundation, a state think tank based in Olympia, Wash[ington], which has recently suffered outrageously aggressive legal harassment from the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU has ginned up three separate lawsuits against the Freedom Foundation and also persuaded the state's attorney general to sue the think tank. At issue: the Freedom Foundation's effort to talk to more than 50,000 people dragooned into becoming SEIU members about their legal right to opt out.
In an attempt to call SEIU out on this, Freedom Foundation launched a campaign to reach out to several "members" to notify them of their rights and ability to opt-out:
The Court appointed a "Special Discovery Master," who recently handed down a potentially damning ruling to SEIU's case. Recently, he ruled in the initial stages of the case: "I do not find that SEIU has demonstrated that the Freedom Foundation has wrongfully communicated with SEIU members or used SEIU's confidential information to harass SEIU members or employees. The Freedom Foundation is entitled to contact SEIU members, and prior restraint of its efforts to do so is impermissible."
While free speech has won this initial hurdle, a greater contest is potentially on the horizon. Censorship of ideas and expression is not how this country was formed. Ideas and principles should be freely debated, not held hostage to threats of retribution.