AFTERBURNER: “I Support Free Speech, But…”

This will be Kevin Boyd’s favorite installment of Bill Whittle’s offerings, for the simple reason that Whittle is echoing something Boyd said quite well here at the Hayride earlier this week.

Here’s how Boyd addressed the issue of those who attack Pamela Geller’s lack of couth in putting on a Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas which served as a magnet for two would-be jihadist murderers shot by a local police officer…

In a free society, even the most offensive opinions may be expressed. The proper response to offensive speech is more speech in opposition. Muslims have every right to express their offense to the Muhammad cartoons by protesting the event peacefully. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism, only freedom from violence or state action to suppress it.

But America does not have blasphemy laws and freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and religious freedom are respected. If you are so thin-skinned that you cannot tolerate free speech and your religion being insulted, America may not be the country for you. There is no right to not be offended and society is under no obligation to cater to your butthurt. No one should be required to censor themselves in the name of “tolerance.”

And here’s Whittle’s treatment of the subject…



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