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“Freedom of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom From Consequences” Says Executioner

Toronto, Canada, 2034

Toronto citizens were in for a treat last night as they got to witness the public beheading of Terrence Horn.

Horn had been convicted of blasphemy of the highest degree when he accused the government of running concentration camps.

“Pay no attention to him,” said Judge Lawrence Marshall, “He is referring to our voluntary re-education camps which are like hospitals for those experiencing internalized disagreeability, and they can only be checked in with their consent or the consent of anyone with a high enough social credit score. Only Nazis would be opposed to such a thing.”

A few critics have expressed concerns about freedom of speech, but the established law requires a balancing test that weighs in favor of compliance.

“Of course we believe in freedom of speech,” said Head Juror, Lawrence Marshall, “But he was making people uncomfortable with his words, and frankly, I think we’re better off without him, which is why the jury unanimously voted guilty: 1—0, on charges of hate speech, non-conformity, and blasphemy towards our benevolent leadership here in Canada.”

“Don’t worry, he will have plenty of medical assistance in dying,” said Executioner, Lawrence Marshall, “He will scarcely feel a thing besides shame and his spine severing from his skull. And this will serve as a positive and unifying message to all in this country that although we would never ever do anything to infringe upon our universe-given right of freedom of speech, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.”

There was a protest at the execution, but it quickly dwindled out after the government froze their bank accounts and armed social workers escorted the crowd to re-education camps.