“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
Evelyn Beatrice Hall.
It doesn’t matter what you say. Call me names. Tear me down. Spread rumors, lies or whatever else you choose.
If you are not directly calling for violence or threatening somebody with physical harm, you’re free to say it.
Last week, Ann Coulter was scheduled to speak at UC Berkley. The same Berkley that, just 60 years ago marched to defend free speech in all its forms, erupted in riots and fighting.
Just months ago, Milo Yiannopoulos suffered the same fate at the same school.
Today, free speech is not only limited, it is unwelcome at a place like Berkley.
I have been the subject of some pretty nasty speech in my life. I’ve been called names, I’ve had stories fabricated about me and I’ve been put down. I guess these are just natural consequences of being a conservative millennial who enjoys publishing thoughts.
No matter what I’ve heard, one thing remains constant, their words are protected.
There is a movement today to silence speech if it is deemed “hateful.” If words have a negative tone, they are considered unprotected and lots of people don’t see the harm in that. This is all part of the left’s intolerance toward ideas different than their own.
If you believe believe in biology, you’re hateful. If you believe statistics and facts, you are racist or sexist and you’re hateful. If you believe in science (unless of course it’s climate science), you’re dumb and you’re hateful.
The freedom of speech is the most important right that we are guaranteed. Regardless of party affiliation, background, race or religion, everybody should be in agreement that everyone is free to say what they want to say. Everyone is also free to ignore what others are saying.
Once we give up this right, it will be impossible to take it back. Power changes, majorities and minorities change, but rights never do.
Imagine living in a world where if the majority decided your thoughts were wrong, you could be silenced.
What happens when you’re the minority?