THE WASHINGTON POST is happily editorializing on free speech in the wake of the Supreme Court’s new Jehovah’s Witnesses decision. And it’s a good decision.
But while it’s nice that Jehovah’s Witnesses can knock on doors and peddle The Watchtower, free speech isn’t doing as well elsewhere. Paul Trummel spent several months in jail, after all, because Washington State judge James Doerty thinks the First Amendment only applies to “paid journalists.” And the sleazy Big Entertainment forces are doing their best to shut down free speech on the Internet in the name of protecting intellectual property. So let’s not get too excited about a decision that protects free speech in a context that, frankly, doesn’t really matter (except to Jehovah’s Witnesses); instead, let’s keep the pressure on regarding free speech that does matter.