Freedom of Speech Does NOT Mean Freedom from Criticism

My friend Cambridge saw a sign somebody had put up at her school.  It said “Without Christ there would be no Christmas.”  Cambridge decided to augment the sign.


Immediately somebody tore the sign down.  Cambridge watched him tear it down and asked him why.  She was told that it was because its message was offensive.

If it’s untrue, rebut it.  If it’s true, change your mind.  But don’t claim offense as either a way to shut down the conversation.  Offense to facts and a contrary argument is lame.

Here’s Cambridge’s take.

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”  ~ Frederick Douglass

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.