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Deseret News

My daily perusal of the news led me to an article regarding the national reaction to a repugnant characterization of a decapitated US President. Sadly this article was incorrectly classified as “entertainment.” There was no entertainment value what so ever in the information in the article. Characterizing a beheaded president is nothing short of incitement to commit such an atrocity. This is sedition in its ugliest form. The courts have already determined that hate speech is not protected by the constitution. Both the subject and the photographer should be quickly brought to task to the fullest extent of the law.

It was only 152 years ago that an entertainer expressed displeasure with the resolution of a terrible division in our country. Abraham Lincoln died at his hand. Why should we believe that creating an attitude and environment of violent solutions today would have any more pleasant result than that found in 1865.

If anyone chuckled under their breath, or found any entertainment whatsoever in this disgusting repugnant display, they should seriously reconsider their standing in a democratic society. This is not the freedom set forth in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States.

Robert Birkinshaw

Riverton