Monday, January 25, 2016

Free Speech: Afraid Of Being Offended?

Though our society preaches tolerance, it also preaches the right not to be offended.

Tolerance is necessary when we are disturbed by those who offend us.

The evidence strongly suggests on college campuses, and in the public square, that offending people is not allowed.
In recent events such as a supposed(though fabricated, the idea remains) offensive video that causes a terror attack, an article that causes a terror attack, a book burning that causes a terror attack, or a stand for traditional marriage that caused protests to shut down businesses, or comments made that disagree with your view, and you walk off the set of the show you are hosting, all of these are speaking loudly that we live in a society that says. "You are not allowed to offend me."

The response is always very emotive, outbursts of anger, tears, none of which are supported by reasoned argument, and free speech and dialogue are shut down.

And of course, where offending someone is not allowed, tolerance isn't even necessary.

I vote for freedom of speech, even if that means that I am offended. Offend me, for goodness sake!
Let us have reasoned discourse, not emotive outbursts that quell truthful dialogue.
"Speak the truth in love." (Ephesians 4:25)

None of us are too holy to be offended. So very tired of our weak culture that cries "Foul!" every time it hears something that isn't in agreement with her way of thinking.

GO AHEAD! Offend for the sake of truthful dialogue.

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