Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

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Writing, like anything else in life, is not an exact science. There are so many variables that may go into a piece of literature. That’s just one problem. Another issue is the subject matter for certain pieces of writing or even the context in which a work appears. Even when a writer is having fun and writing out of pure joy or just expressing their thoughts on the go, there are still those rare occasions where an author chooses to incorporate some form of political commentary or even worse – to insult religious beliefs.
This is a source of rage for a lot of people. In today’s world, some people place more value on an author’s previous work than they do the personal opinions or ideas of the individual themselves. This is especially true when those opinions are in direct conflict with societal norms. There are extreme cases where hundreds or thousands of people will flood an author or their publisher demanding that books be removed from shelves because they go against whatever their particular religious beliefs might be. This author has dealt with thousands of such requests, and with the kind of rights that authors have today, it’s extremely difficult to refuse them.

to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it
to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it

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The prominent saying in this argument is that while freedom of speech may provide a platform for people to express themselves freely, there comes a time where the abuse of this freedom goes too far. In other words, bad speech – hate speech – should be silenced.
The argument as stated by Australian feminist activist Eva Cox is as follows, ” The problem with today’s social media is the new respectability politics that allows people who say terrible things to be almost admired for their audacity. “
To understand this argument firmly, one has to be able to understand what ‘respectability’ means. For example, if someone says that all men are pigs, it is a horrible statement. However, we may disagree with their statement that all men are pigs, but it is not seen as a horrible statement. In the same way, people who do not agree with what Eva Cox or the author of this article believes in may still see this article and find this argument offensive.

to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it
to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it

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There has never been any question that freedom of speech should be defended. However, the courts have taken a slightly less open view to offending religious beliefs and insulting people’s race or ethnic background. There has been some success in gaining rulings against harassing phone calls and spam emails as well as gain some victories against insult comedy in films and other media. But in more recent times, the freedom of speech has been touted as a reason for publishing certain blogs or commenting certain posts on social networks. The Internet and social networks have allowed anyone to freely express their opinions. Whilst this has been a cause of celebration to many, there are also those who take advantage of the freedom and use it as an open platform to say whatever they like without any consequence. This is not specifically intended towards Christians, but it is widely accepted that Christianity is one of the most openly publicised religions in the world today. In the first of a short series of articles, we assess the issue of free speech on social networks and what can be said about them.
What is free speech?

to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it
to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it

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However, there is a fine line between freedom of speech and hate speech. The point is, should those who seek to draw attention to common issues in society be allowed free reign to broadcast their views through the miracles of technology? The answers are not always clear and can vary from society to society. But the most important question to ask is if freedom of speech requires that we be silenced when we find that this right may be abused by some individuals?
A high school in India has banned the use of mobile phones and cameras during classes. The decision was taken after a class X student took out his mobile phone and began sending messages to friends while the teacher was delivering a lecture. The teacher asked him to put the phone away, but this did not deter him. Then, another classmate refused to take down her hair that was in a plait. The teacher asked her to do so, but she too refused and insisted that she would do it later. The teacher was not prepared to tolerate such defiant behaviour and banned all students from using phones during classes.

to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it
to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it