Musings on free speech, 7.5.15

Quote of the day, from Tamara:

It used to be that if there was one thing you could at least count on liberals for, it was a vigorous defense of free speech; it’s a cause that has found the ACLU in bed with the NRA on at least one occasion I can think of. This new turn is… chilling.

Pretty much. Not much I can say in addition to that, but I do have a couple of observations:

That road that gets you to saying that certain groups of people deserve to have their First Amendment rights violated because they choose to ah, engage in interstate commerce (see: Hobby Lobby)? You go down that road further and it gets you to where that intrepid emailer sits of which Tamara speaks. The slippery slope is real, kids, and it isn’t just for the Second Amendment.

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Unfortunately, such an attitude isn’t isolated, as you’ll see in today’s LTE in the Houston Chronicle:

We poke them in the eye; they retaliate; we poke them in the eye; they retaliate and so on. Is this really how we want to use our wonderful gift of free speech?

Uh, bloody fucking right it is. If people get a pass on shooting at and/or killing you because you offended their delicate religious sensibilities, you don’t really have the “wonderful gift of free speech” then, do you? No, you do not. Maybe I’m just fondly remembering things from the mists of time, but strangely enough, I don’t remember us having this conversation after “Piss Christ.” Which should tell you all you need to know, really.

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One Response to “Musings on free speech, 7.5.15”

  1. ame006 Says:

    “Piss Christ” greatly offended me, but I didn’t pick up a rifle and shoot up a building. Neither did any other Christians.

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