I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write. - Voltaire, 1770
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” - First Amendment to the US Constitution, adopted Dec. 15, 1791
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” - Evelyn Beatrice Hall, author of The Friends of Voltaire, 1906
Even, as much as I hate this hate speech...
We need to be careful of ideals we wish to quash. When topics are unpopular and offensive, they tend to stay that way.
But when we wish to restrict them entirely, a little bit of our Liberty dies ... and opens the door for ideals to be restricted by others.
For example, “Right-Wing Extremism” can be defined, or re-defined, as those in power deem fit.
What Turner was promoting wasn’t ‘offensive’. It was threats.
Copy from Turner’s blog:
“While filing a lawsuit is quaint and the ‘decent’ way to handle things, we at TRN believe that being decent to a group of tyrannical scumbags is the wrong approach,” Turner wrote.
“It’s too soft. Thankfully, the Founding Fathers gave us the tools necessary to resolve tyranny: The Second Amendment,” Turner continued. “TRN advocates Catholics in Connecticut take up arms and put down this tyranny by force. These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.”
Turner then promised to post the home addresses of Lawlor and McDonald on Wednesday.