Freedom from

Do you believe that we have the right to be free from things we think are harmful or repugnant? Or, does the freedom to brandish a gun at the local McDonald’s restaurant trump the presumed right of patrons to be in a gun-safe zone? Should high school students be free to hawk their religious beliefs on campus, superseding the rights of those who prefer to be left alone?

While each of us would answer these questions in our own way, freedoms are almost always expressed in terms of the preposition to, and rarely, if ever, accompanied by from. I, for one, would like to see the latter gain more traction.