Voltaire, the Liberal Media, & the Thought Police

randomlychad  —  December 19, 2013 — 13 Comments

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Once upon a time, there was a man called Voltaire. He was a renowned atheist (the Dawkins of his day), and strident opponent of the church. As much as he despised Christianity, he never once (insofar as I know) tried to stifle Christianity. (He likely believed it would die out on its own. Not so much. Voltaire is dead, Nietszche is dead. God still lives. News at 11:00).

Voltaire, ardent liberal that he was, was a proponent of free speech.

He said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

The folks at GLAAD (look it up–they’re the ones who pressured A&E to act) who issued the fatwa against duck commander, Phil Robertson, maybe have forgotten that. The much-vaunted tolerance is very one-sided. To put it bluntly, those that claim tolerance as a virtue are about as tolerant of their perceived opposition as that nutjob, Fred Phelps. (Point being there are extremists on both sides).

Where are those who, though they disagree with good ol’ Phil, understand that he’s entitled to his opinion? Where the Voltaires of our time who will “defend to the death your right to say it?”

[Crickets]

Oh, that’s right; my bad. This is the age of the thought police. Where statements are tried and judged by the vocal minority, rather than upon their merits. Orwell was off by about 20 years, but it seems that 1984 is finally here.

I for one will no longer tolerate this state of affairs. It’s time to rise up, and peacefully push back against the anti-Christian bias of the thought police. Because, what has the United States come to when a man can’t share his convictions without fear of reprisal?

Who’s with me?

PS A&E, you need to grow a pair.

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  • I must have missed something. I have no idea what is going on.

    • A&E laid Phil off for saying that he thought, based upon his understanding of Scripture, that homosexuality is sinful.

      • thought he was just suspended?

        • “Indefinite hiatus.”

          • haha. well, you did mention orwellian speech, didn’t you? 🙂

      • I’m going to say that I agree with his base statement, though I wish he hadn’t been so crude about parts of it. But I don’t see this as a free speech issue. I’m free to go to work today and say what I want it even publicly for all to hear. My employer is not obligated to keep me if they don’t like what I had to say. If I did what he did, there’s a good chance I would not be kept.

        • couldn’t agree more, larry. in a free society you can say what you want, but the downside of that is other people can, too, whether you agree or not or whether their speech is considered hateful or offensive. employers/companies, just like individuals, have rights, as well.

          but here’s the thing about issues like this: ensuring we maintain a freedom of speech means putting up with ALL forms of speech including those with which we disagree or find offensive. without allowing for all speech, then there is no freedom of speech.

          • You hit the ball on the head, Tim!

            “but here’s the thing about issues like this: ensuring we maintain a freedom of speech means putting up with ALL forms of speech including those with which we disagree or find offensive. without allowing for all speech, then there is no freedom of speech.”

            Now who’s not doing what you describe here? Christians, or the other side?

          • well, we all do it from time to time. in this case, both sides (or is that four sides? how many are there anyway?) are doing it. but i haven’t paid too much attention, namely cuz it’s one of those debates that won’t go anywhere and won’t result in anybody deeply set in either camp to see the other’s side of things.

  • chad, i admire your convictions, but a&e never asked the duck guys to stop praying:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/duckdynasty.asp

    on another note: i’m curious as to why one who opposes a religious belief is considered liberal, as you describe voltaire?

    • ok, so maybe i’m out of touch, haha. which isn’t surprising considering i don’t give two rips about duck dynasty. but it seems you’re talking about the latest dust-up over his homosexual comments and not the stuff from earlier this year about a&e getting pressured to cut out scenes of prayer, etc. my bad, my friend.

      • Yeah, I had no idea about that other stuff.

        Put it this way: the Apostle Paul had no qualms about asserting his rights as a Roman citizen. Thus, I conclude American Christians should likewise be able to express honestly held convictions without fear of reprisal.,.

        • here’s the thing, though, chad, american christians are free to express their convictions but anyone with two brain cells should have known making a comment like that was gonna cause a backlash, and it has nothing to do with so-called “culture wars” or wars against christianity or anything the right-wing media concoct. we’ve seen this movie before and will see it again and again. in a free society people will howl to the stars at stuff they don’t agree with.