posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Loki Lyesmyth
When you stand up for freedom the first person you stand for is your enemy.
When you scream freedom of speech, you must realize your screaming for the person who wants to slander you or accost you.
Now this being said, I am out
However, as an old adage says, my freedom to swing my arms ends where their noses begin... and likewise the converse is true. I've stood in defense
of the rights of even my enemies to speak their minds. That defense metamorphizes into something quite different immediately upon the opposition
initiating violence on me and mine to repay that kindness.
I care not what they think, or how they express themselves in word or picture, that is a right I will ever defend. When they translate those thoughts
into actions or threats of violence in a childish tantrum, then a society has to return action of one sort or another in defense of itself.
In this case, it would have gone through as a matter of free speech had they stopped at the verbal stage, but they carried it on to the next level by
taking the action of posting addresses and such, where miscreants could find the SP creators to express their displeasure in the manner suggested by
RevolutionMuslim. The initial threat may have been a veiled one, but those actions clarified the intent for those to whom it was cloudy.
So yes, I'll defend their rights to speak, but that doesn't include a call to throat cuttings over a perceived slight. That sir, goes beyond the
Mere words beget mere words, and actions beget actions.
See how that works?
[edit on 2010/4/26 by nenothtu]