Free speech is a complicated topic.
What Ted Cruz may have been referring to was the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits pastors from making political statements from the pulpit. In view of the fact that churches are tax exempt, it seems like a reasonable position.
Suppressing political speech by pastors is not the same thing is intimidating reporters who are trying to tell the truth.
World wide, journalists are targeted because they are brave enough to report the wrongs in their society. Jamal Khassogi is just one example of that problem.
Turkey leads the world in the number of journalists it has behind bars, and China is second.
If you don't think it can happen here, think again.
In 1976, Arizona reporter Don Bolles was killed by a car bomb because he was investigating crimes by the Mafia,
The public is FINALLY starting to lose patience with police brutality, and the cop who recently pepper sprayed the black Army officer in his car was quickly fired.
Then there's Minneapolis.
While the Derek Chauvin trial was still going on, an unarmed black man in Brooklyn Center was shot and killed by a veteran officer who somehow "accidentally" sot him.
Naturally, people are going to take to the streets to protest - and the police are not impressed.
Tim Walz, the governor of Minnesota, on Sunday responded to reports that the state’s police officers had assaulted journalists covering the unrest in a Minneapolis suburb, saying, “Apologies are not enough; it just cannot happen.”
On Saturday, a lawyer representing more than 20 news media organizations sent a letter to Mr. Walz and leaders of Minnesota law enforcement organizations detailing a series of alleged assaults of journalists by police officers in the past week. Journalists have been sprayed with chemical irritants, arrested, thrown to the ground and beaten by police officers while covering protests, wrote the lawyer, Leita Walker.
Joshua Rashaad McFadden, a freelance photographer who was covering the protests for The Times, said in an interview on Sunday that the police surrounded the car he was in on Tuesday as he tried to leave the protests. They beat on the windows with batons, then entered the car to force him out, beating his legs and striking his camera lens, he said.
On Friday, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order forbidding the police to use physical force or chemical agents against journalists. But Ms. Walker wrote that officers were still engaging in “widespread intimidation, violence and other misconduct directed at journalists.”
Mr. Walz said in a tweet on Saturday that he had “directed our law enforcement partners to make changes that will help ensure journalists do not face barriers to doing their jobs.”
“These are volatile situations and that’s not an excuse,” he said during the television interview on Sunday. “It’s an understanding that we need to continue to get better.