If you can’t be kind, be quiet!

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“Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism are all too frequently those who ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism— the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought.” – Margaret Chase Smith

It has come to my attention that there are citizens in this community who are trolling, baiting, and publicly shaming people on social media, in relation to the anti-lockdown event that was held.

If you remember McCarthyism, which was practised by our neighbours to the south, you will know it was the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason, especially when related to communism. But now, it seems that we have our own form these days in this pandemic, and maybe we can call it COVIDISM.

We may disagree, but none of us have the right to threaten or harass others because they disagree with popular thought, scientific fact, or what colour the sky is on any given day.

Bullying is bullying and it will always fail to make people compliant. Check yourselves behind your keyboard, and ask if you would ever speak this way in public before you type out your hateful words. If you can’t be kind, be quiet.

Auntie Anabel

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  1. I have witnessed the North Grenville Times censor people’s comments on their Facebook page for exercising “the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought”. This was done under the guise of prohibiting the spreading of “misinformation”. How does this media outlet justify this circumvention of one of the hallmarks of a free and democratic society?

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