I am all in on freedom of speech. I have defended it, been attacked for it and been abused with it. I also don’t buy the absurd and dangerous line that free speech does not extend to beliefs or opinions that are offensive. Free speech that is constrained to whatever some random observer deems acceptable or appropriate is, by definition, not free at all. I am also acutely aware that, unlike in the US, there is no explicit legal protection for free speech in this country. That is why those who value it must constantly defend it, often from an authoritarian hard left which demands the policing of language while at the same time dishing out the most vicious personal abuse. And I am acutely aware that plenty of people on the right often use the fig leaf of free speech to say ugly, ignorant or obnoxious things. That is horrible and deeply regrettable but it is still a smaller price to pay than censorship dictated by government or the angry mob. Israel Folau’s infamous post about drunks and homosexuals and adulterers et al going to Hell is the perfect example of this. It is stupid, it is offensive and… Read full this story
- New Sport New Zealand boss Raelene Castle brings her battle scars
- Why Raelene Castle is coming back for more
- Sundance 2019: Alfre Woodard, Alec Baldwin + Making Of ‘Alien’, Satanists & Roy Cohn Docus Among U.S., World Cinema, NEXT, Midnight & Kids Slates
- 100 best Netflix series to watch right now
Joe Hildebrand on the only winner in the sad saga of Israel Folau v Rugby Australia have 251 words, post on www.news.com.au at December 8, 2019. This is cached page on Vietnam Dance. If you want remove this page, please contact us.