CRANFORD - The Cranford Township Committee passed a resolution on Tuesday night condemning the 'Cranford Uncensored!' Facebook page.
Resolution No. 2020-22 read:
Opposing and condemning the hatred, violence, and rhetoric that constitutes racism, ethnic, religious, or sexual orientation discrimination as incompatible with the values of the Cranford community and the use of the Township of Cranford’s name, and any association with Cranford, by individuals and social media groups, including the Facebook Group Cranford Uncensored, that target and harass individuals based on their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
"I greatly respect and revere the principle of free speech. We are all privileged to live in a country that values that," said Deputy Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, who seconded the motion on Tuesday. "The right of free speech does not come with a license to harass and bully people because of the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, because they practice a different religion, or believe differently on political issues. Often times, way too often, those who bully, are really cowards who hide behind the first amendment. I respect the first amendment, and respect anyone who will respectfully voice their opinion."
Cranford Unscensored is a private Facebook group that has over 3,900 members, and is administered by Brian Lopez. Lopez started the page back in 2017 citing Cranford's need for "a space for people to write their opinions concerning Cranford without the fear of some 'ADMIN' playing the role as a censor."
In a statement to TAPinto Cranford on the resolution being passed, Lopez said, "The only thing I have to say at this time is, to quote Evelyn Beatrice Hall, I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."