Why Free Speec is important

Because Some people don’t like Firefly

It started with this picture:

The evil, violence inciting poster.

Which was taken down because obviously, helpless college students would tremble, undestanding that their professor was informing that their complaint would likely result in a gunfight on the quad.

So it was taken down due to the claim by the campus rep:

Speech can be limited on a reasonable expectation that it will cause a material and/or substantial disruption of school activities and/or be constituted as a threat. We were notified of the existence of the posting, reviewed it and believe that the wording on the poster can be interpreted as a threat by others and/or could cause those that view it to believe that you are willing/able to carry out actions similar to what is listed. This posting can cause others to fear for their safety, thus it was removed.

So another poster went up, this one somewhat more political in nature:

This was taken down, due to it’s threatening nature. Given that it’s threatening to Fascism, and the actions of the University staff, one coudl argue that it’s defended by the fact that it is the simple truth.

But in the never ending debate over free speech, this is an important incident to discus– a single ignorant, foolish official, backed up by the power of the university, is threatening a professor, and is refusing ot admit that she was utterly wrong.

And that’s why free speech, strong free speech is important– because you will not, whether on the right or left, be likely to face fair minded individuals who only use this power with reluctance. No, far more often it will be ignorant, small minded officials, who majored in Covering their Asses, and Shutting Up Debate.  That’s how it’s always gone, and that’s how it will always go. 

So remember , the next time someone wants laws outlawing hate speech, or incitement, or making it harder to demonstrate, just how small minded the people are– and how powerful a tool you’ll be putting in their hands.


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