Draggingtree Posted January 10, 2015 Share Posted January 10, 2015 : The Volokh Conspiracy ‘The blasphemy we need’ By Jonathan H. Adler January 8 A free society can also be a polite one. The right to say offensive and scurrilous things need not be exercised. ne can defend the right to say such things without also defending the practice. And yet, as Ross Douthat observes, when such speech is threatened — whether such threats come from the state or fanatical murderous thugs — there is a time to defend the practice. in a cultural and political vacuum, it would be okay to think that some of the images (anti-Islamic and otherwise) that Charlie Hebdo regularly published, especially those chosen entirely for their shock value, contributed little enough to public discussion that the world would not suffer from their absence. But we are not in a vacuum. We are in a situation where my third point applies, because the kind of blasphemy that Charlie Hebdo engaged in had deadly consequences, as everyone knew it could … and that kind of blasphemy is precisely the kind that needs to be defended, Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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