To The Daily Sun,

It is so sad that my own state house representative, Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) has been used as a willing dupe in limiting free speech in New Hampshire.

Teachers and anyone doing business with the state have been given a gag order when discussing sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, age or national origin.

The language of Cordelli’s co-sponsored House Bill 544 was so offensive it was voted down in the House, but then stuck in the state budget. Basically it says to teachers and state contractors: Don’t talk about the above sensitive topics or run the risk of being sued and fired.

The initial bill was hand delivered to Cordelli by Washington ideologue Russ Vought. In his nonprofit’s 34-page guide describing what teachers can and cannot say about race relations in America, he makes it emphatically clear: “Teachers absolutely do not have a First Amendment right to teach whatever they want in their classrooms.”

Vought also has a history of endorsing censorship of college professors. When Wheaton College in Illinois decided to suspend a tenured professor who said Muslims and Christians worship the same God, Vought, an alumnus, backed the administration. He wrote: "Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

This is the guy whose anti-free speech, thus anti-American message has been introduced here by Cordelli, rewritten by Sen. Jeb Bradley, passed by the GOP majority and signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. All willing dupes who have weakened free speech in New Hampshire. Our recourse is to ensure they never again get elected to any office.

Leonard Witt

Sandwich

(1) comment

JWV

Super letter. There goes the NH centrist way which has been replaced by far right ideology. I thought Sununu was an ok GOP guv until the budget. The budget bill is like something out of the deep south with its attacks on free speech, public schools, and also reproductive rights.

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