Free Speech Means Free Speech for All, Says Letter Writer; ‘Don’t Be Goaded Into Betraying What You Believe’
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For those talking about the right of free speech re: the white supremacist movement, I hear you. After all, it is what human rights movements work for, equal rights for all, freedom to express your views, freedom of religion, freedom to exist. People have fought and died for these rights.It is perhaps the most galling part of this, these neo-nazis, these hate groups, are using the rights that their opposers gave their very life’s blood to get for women, minorities and all those oppressed by these hate filled people.
It does come down to principles. Equal rights mean just that. Hate speech laws are in place in many countries and many states because it has been determined that it tears the fabric of society and begets violence. Finding anything positive about wanting genocide is quite difficult. It is still a subject in hot debate though, around the dinner table and in the courts. Democracies are messy by their very nature.
So, a right to speak. Ok. We have a right not to listen. We have a right to turn our backs. Remove support, spend your money wisely etc. It is vitally important to guard your principles well in these times. Don’t be goaded into betraying what you believe because of your emotional response to something so vicious and wrong that your heart cannot comprehend it.
I will fight Nazis and fascists always. Will I strike first? Never. Will I goad someone into striking first so I can feel good about hurting someone? Never. Will I fight back? Always. Will I defend another against violence and hate? Always.
These tests of our society come too often but they remind us of what came before and what inaction can do. Stay strong, take heart.