The Crucifixion of Free Speech

"And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?”
                  —John 18:22-23

When the Pharisees and their high priests
Despoil and subsume our leaders
Invariably there will occur a breach
Of rightness, a spear in the side of the truth,
The crucifixion of free speech.