The true test of freedom of speech is allowing speech you are morally opposed to. This is important. Primarily because of the diversity of opinions in this world, to stop one form of speech means you also have to stop another. Once I have the right to tell you what you can't say, then, by definition, you have the right to tell me what I can't say.
People too often try
to say we shouldn't have this or that type of language or discussion or dialog
because it is offensive. This is true, some speech can be offensive, rude, and
insulting. The problem we now run into is what is offensive varies between
people. Talk radio is a perfect example. It seems conservatives find
"liberal views" offensive and vise versa. To an atheist, talk of God
is offensive, to a Pro Life proponent, talk of abortion is offensive, and to
take it to the extreme, to a Klansman, talk of civil and equal rights is
You can't ever start
taking away speech without realizing the serious consequences of those actions.
There are still many options available from avoiding it to opening a dialog
where both sides get their say. The hard part is keeping the dialog without
reducing down to name calling, bashing, and profanity. Once that happens the
message gets lost and you're no better off than you were before.
Freedom of speech is
a precious right and must be defended, even if it's speech we don't want to
hear. Because I guarantee for almost every opinion, there is probably someone
who is offended by it.
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