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Thread #152273   Message #3562496
Posted By: Backwoodsman
29-Sep-13 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: Why I am gone
Subject: RE: BS: Why I am gone
"Not easy when he has a few suspect apologists saying he should be getting a fair hearing."

Support for the principle of free speech does not equate to support for the opinions of everyone to whom free speech is granted. It indicates a belief that they should have the right to express those opinions, however odious they may be, and that others should have the opportunity to challenge and defeat them in open debate. The tactic of "Shut the fuck up" does not win an argument, and does not persuade one's opponent of his errors. If you aren't sufficiently intellectually equipped to understand a simple principle like that, there's little wonder that the NHS is in such a precarious state.

Suppression of free speech has long been one of the chief weapons in the armouries of those who would oppress others, and I'm astonished that one such as yourself, who claims to occupy the highest of moral high ground, would stoop to such behaviour.