I call for the reinstatement of Bob Thompson and the discontinuance of any action against Leo Garvey.
All they allegedly did was express their opinions
, nothing they stated was an untruth, libelous or slander.
Various governing, controlling, or otherwise powerful bodies ( in this instance the IBT/WBCCI ) in many places around the world, have attempted to change the opinion of the public or others by taking action that allegedly disadvantages one side of the argument.
This attempt to assert some form of control through control of discourse has a long history.
Many consider these attempts at controlling debate to be attacks on free speech.
Freedom of speech is crucial in any democracy, because open discussions of elected board members are essential for members to make informed decisions during elections. It is through speech that this clubs members can influence the WBCCI/IBT's choice of policies.
When Bob Thompson and Leo Garvey refrain from voicing their discontent because they fear retribution, the IBT/WBCCI governing body can no longer be responsive to them, thus it is less accountable for its actions
Defenders of free speech often allege that this is the main reason why governments suppress free speech – to avoid accountability
A classic argument for protecting freedom of speech as a fundamental right is that it is essential for the discovery of truth
It's very strange that these are the two individuals that ran for office off the floor at the IBT are now being booted by the same individual going on a witch hunt Jim Franklin
Jim are you aware of their or our right of free speech and how you are doing doing more harm to promote disharmony and ill will in this club than anyone could imagine?
Can a member file a grievance against the past IP?