The Claim of Hate Speech is Hate Speech and a Threat to Free Speech
Claiming a person is using hate speech is really an attack on free speech and itself is an expression of hate speech designed to deny people their right of free speech. By the very definition of hate speech, those that charge others of using hate speech are bigoted and intolerant. You don’t agree. Let’s look at some dictionary definitions. Hate speech is “bigoted speech attacking or disparaging a social group or a member of society.” [American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language] The person who cries hate speech by definition is using hate speech and is bigoted. A bigot is “One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.” [American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language]. The key in the definition is the word “intolerant.” Intoleration is “intolerance; lack of toleration; refusal to tolerate a difference of opinion.” [Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary]
Let make this personal on two fronts. First, on the political front I do not like some of things Obama or Trump have said. To disagree does not mean I have used hate speech. When I cross the line and say they cannot say those things with which I disagree, try to stop them from speaking, or personally attack them, I become intolerant because I want to deny them the right to say what they are saying. My intolerance becomes an example of hate speech and an attack on free speech.
Secondly, on the front of my religious beliefs. I do not believe gay marriage is found in the Bible, therefore, I say it is wrong. That is not hate speech but free speech. It becomes hate speech when I refuse to tolerate those who advocate this point of view and deny them the right to advocate their point of view. Expressing a different point of view is not hate speech because if it was, those who would deny me the right to do so are expressing hate speech by their intolerance.
The real problem we face in America today is the denial of free speech. The only speech we want to allow is that which is agreeable, because we cannot tolerate people that disagree with us or stand in the way of our personal agenda. We use phrases like “politically correct” and “hate speech” to silence our critics. Nowhere in the Constitution that allows for free speech is there a clause that says free speech is that with which we agree. When that doesn’t work we try to use force or mob rule. Let me ask you a question about the rally in Boston. Did 40,000 people show up to express their opinion that they disagreed with the Free Speech rally or did they show up to stop them from speaking? One would be the proper expression of free speech, the other is the denial of free speech.
Where is this all going? We have lost the ability to disagree and to do so with civility in America. If I express an opinion that differs from you, it’s just that a different opinion. If I say you cannot voice your opinion and try to stop you from voicing your opinion by definition that is hate speech. If you do the same toward me that is hate speech.
The opinions in this article are my best expression to speak in a manner worthy of my beliefs and the way I am commanded to speak in Scripture as instructed in the following verses. “Let your speech be always with grace, having been seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” [Colossians 4:6] “But that you, speaking the truth in love, may in all things grow up to Him who is the Head, even Christ.” [Ephesians 4:15]
That’s my point of view, what are your thoughts?
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