In Defense Of Hate Speech

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Here’s an example of a joke from the future. Say maybe, the year 2016.

A member of the LGBT community, a dreamer and an ISIS freedom fighter walk into a bar. Nothing funny happened after that but aren’t they all brave? And besides, laughter can often be seen as hurtful so quit it with your joke telling already!

We have a lot to look forward to, don’t we?

Our Second Amendment right to bear arms isn’t the only part of the Constitution that is currently under attack. Our First Amendment right to free speech is as well. The government, or the Political Class, isn’t currently doing a lot of talking in public about restricting our right to say what we want. That’s because they don’t have to. Someone else is doing it for them.

The Offended Class.

This is that group of people that finds virtually anything you say to be either racist, homophobic, or privileged. They are sort of like a group of 14-year-old boys who can make any song, sentence or word sound perverted. But in this case, instead of their immaturity leading to a few crude smirks, the Offended Class is slowly restricting what we can say.

Take Melissa Harris-Perry for example. Late last week she informed us that it is racist to say that someone is a hard worker. That’s right, now complimenting someone for putting in a lifetime of hard working days is racist because it demeans slaves who worked in cotton fields and single mothers on welfare.

Perhaps nothing has done more to slow the fight against actual racism in this country than the hard work (See what I did there?) of those on the left to call every thing racist.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The word bossy is offensive to some women in leadership positions. So now we have a website, banbossy.com, to remind us of yet another word that we can’t say anymore.

Nowhere are the speech police more on the prowl than on the playing fields and in the locker rooms of professional sports. After taking a look at these examples, you’ll know why every athlete says the same thing in interviews.

“What were you thinking on that last play?”

“Well, you know, we’re just taking it one game at a time.”

“What will you do to get ready for next week’s game?”

“Well, you know, we’re just taking it one game at a time.”

“What are your thoughts on gay marriage?”

“Well, you know, we’re just taking it one game at a time.”

You’d be the same way if you knew that your failure to stay up to date on the latest list of banned words could cost you thousands of dollars.

Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team star, Alan Gordon was suspended for three games for calling an opposing player a, “Faggot.”

San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver was forced to apologize for saying that he didn’t want any homosexual activity in the locker room. He had the nerve to use the phrase, “sweet stuff.”

And the list goes on to include words like mom, dad, his, and her. Really, any word that does not display the culturally recommended dose of LGBT worship is thrown into the pile of books to be burned at a later date.

Again, none of these punishments came down from the Political Class. Just the Offended Class. But it’s all the same. The fuel of tyrants and dictators is the will of the people.

I’ve been called names my entire life.

When I was in grade school, my teacher called me Jack in the Box because I couldn’t sit still. Kids in my neighborhood bullied me relentlessly. In middle and high school, it got real. A girl used to mockingly call me Jesus because she knew that I was a Christian. There were others who repeatedly went after me for my complexion or my below average athletic abilities. In adulthood, someone told me that I was what’s wrong with America because of my refusal to vote for Mitt Romney.

If it were happening all over again today, I could probably call it hate speech and file a claim with the Federal Association of Grammatical Security.

But I’d never do it.

That’s because I’m thankful for it all. I have no bitterness about anything that I have been called. I welcome it because it has helped to shape me and because it reminds me that we live in a country with a Constitutional right to free speech.

People say mean things. We can all agree on that.

But here’s where Progressives differ from Christians. Progressives think that the tongue, the pen or the keyboard is the source of those mean things. So if they can just get the government to regulate those instruments, it’ll be a Coke and a smile for all eternity. As is usually the case with Progressive ideology, this is nearsighted.

Scripture tells us that the source of hurtful words is not your mouth or even your privileged upbringing. It is your heart.

And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Mark 7:14-23 (ESV)

We don’t have a speech problem in this country.

We have a heart problem. Yes, it shows up in the way that we talk to each other. But it also shows up in our uncanny ability to find an offense in every word spoken in our direction that falls short of all out praise.

We would all be much better off if we simply examined our own hearts and figured out a way to deal with what offends us rather than regulating and banning so-called hate speech.

Look, I don’t usually get offended. But there are things that I don’t like. The View is one of them but I’m not looking to have those ladies banned. It would be alright with me if they stay on TV forever talking about how great the WNBA is and how evil Christians are and how dumb they think nurses are. Instead of starting a grassroots campaign to have them removed from television, I’ve started a very successful campaign to have them removed from the television in my home. We never watch them. End of story.

So enough with all of the sacred cows. You can start a campaign that may get a few words removed from our lexicon but you’ll still have your heart to deal with. And government, no matter how big you like it, just can’t fix that.

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