Kim's Journals

A little of this and a tad of that.

" Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself."  ~Dick Cavett

" If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."  ~Noam Chomsky

" I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."  ~Voltaire

Proverbs 18:19 
An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citade

Passage Matthew 15:7-9:
7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
    8" 'These people honor me with their lips,
      but their hearts are far from me.
    9They worship me in vain;
      their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"

Passage James 3:9-12:
    9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

 There was a post yesterday on a journal calling for the leaders at Cafemom to clamp down on things that the poster perceived to be filthy and distasteful floating around on the cafe. The post itself was ridiculous really, but not all bad I suppose because it got me to thinking. 

Am I really as anti-censorship as I claim to be?  What I really wanted to do to this woman who posted that journal was shut her up and make her go away.  Such twaddle really has no business being in my line of sight after all, right?  I shouldn't have to put up with wading through all that kind of claptrap to get to the rational posts.  What a pain!  Then it hit me.  I can't just be for free speech if it is astute speech.  I have to be for ALL free speech.  Which means I have to make room for the imbeciles, morons and nincompoops to emit their opinions too. 

I have reluctantly given way to this line of thought.  I really would like to only have to read things that make some sort of coherent sense, but I would be a hypocrite if I wanted only the logical to be able to speak.  I don't suffer fools lightly, but I guess they have a right to have their opinions heard.  I don't have to like what they say, but I must defend their right to say it.

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RanaA...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 5:08 PM Your last paragraph there is exactly how I feel.  I really wish the idiots would shut up... but at the same time, free speech includes illogical, idiotic speech.

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JoyeA...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 5:28 PM

imbeciles, morons and nincompoops

Ha! You're so awesome.

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_Tam_
Jun. 1, 2008 at 6:54 PM Your journals always seem to hit the nail on the head.

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Jifner75
Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Great post Kim! 

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daisy975
Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:29 PM Joye took the words right out of my....fingers.   I love the nincompoop line!

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Rebec...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 8:58 PM Very well said, Kim!

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Histo...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 9:29 PM

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Brena...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 9:30 PM I know how you feel. It is hard to read some of the posts of people that from my p;oint of view have no idea what they are talking about. But perhaps they think the same of me! So I support the free speech no matter what is said. Good post, Kim!!

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oneze...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 11:40 PM Brava! Great post!

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briar...
Jun. 2, 2008 at 1:06 AM Awesome post Kim. It's true, even if it hurts.

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