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His conversion came as a result of his world travel. Travel is supposed to be broadening, but in Stengel’s case it was narrowing. He says that even as he went around the world defending the freedom of speech, he came to despise that freedom: “But as a government official traveling around the world championing the virtues of free speech, I came to see how our First Amendment standard is an outlier.”
Part of his new dislike for this cardinal American freedom, the cornerstone of any free society, apparently came from his own lack of understanding of why it was so important, and inability to defend it in the face of criticism. He recounts that “even the most sophisticated Arab diplomats that I dealt with did not understand why the First Amendment allows someone to burn a Koran. Why, they asked me, would you ever want to protect that?”
Apparently he couldn’t answer, as he now responds in the Post: “It’s a fair question. Yes, the First Amendment protects the ‘thought that we hate,’ but it should not protect hateful speech that can cause violence by one group against another. In an age when everyone has a megaphone, that seems like a design flaw.”
Richard Stengel is a former editor of Time Magazineand was the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs from 2013 to 2016
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: DBCowboy
Substitute 'Koran' for 'Old Glory' and watch these same leftists go into fits of rage. Hypocrisy, thy name is liberalism.
originally posted by: ColeYounger
I remember about ten years ago, some pastor or priest in the USA made worldwide headlines for burning a quran.
At first I thought it was silly, but then I understood why he did it.
Almost immediately, literally within an hour, the spineless jellyfish occupying the White House at the time went on network news channels, apologizing to the muslim world, and also scolding any Americans who didn't denounce it.
You debate with more speech, not less.