Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

on hate speech laws

Someone (the comment later got deleted, so i’m leaving the person anonymous) left a comment saying, "Something stops being one's right to freedom of expression when it infringes upon that same right [of freedom of expression] in another."

My instinct is to agree, though then i think i wouldn’t wanna make it a motto or something because that opens the door for all that inane “They won’t publish me; they’re censoring me!”

Whatever happened to “I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”? (Huh, apparently that’s one of those “famous things people didn’t say” things.)

My father rightly points out that "you should be very, very slow to give your friends power that you wouldn't want to see in the hands of your enemies." He continues: "In a free society, one must be willing to accept various affronts--else no one could ever say or do anything controversial."

I disagree with lots of things people have said, but there’s no way we can have conversation if people aren’t allowed to say what they really think. This of course dovetails with my belief that it is far better for everyone to be upfront about their agendas/biases/etc.
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