Free speech is under attack. It’s under assault by violent terrorists trying to and in many cases successfully killing people with whom they disagree. But it’s also under assault by those who ought to know better and even exercise it for the purpose of offending others. The thing about free speech protection is that accepted and inoffensive speech doesn’t need protection; only offensive or hate speech needs protection.
The idea of hate speech or offensive speech is entirely subjective. Free speech, by definition, means offensive speech. If you’re not willing to defend offensive speech you don’t believe in free speech. You believe in permitted speech and compliance. In other words, if you don’t defend someone else’s right to spew offensive speech you don’t believe in free speech. Reluctantly acknowledging someone’s right to be offensive while still criticizing them for doing so is the best we can expect from the progressive left. And that’s sad. And pathetic.
It seems the more popular progressive way to deal with offensive speech is to rely in a fictitious (or at best grossly ignorant misunderstanding about) constitutional exception. It’s yet another example of how progressive is actually regressive and extreme.
Bill Whittle explains it better than I.
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