Just because some people misinterpret something they have heard or seen on the T.V. and then go out and commit criminal acts on the basis of that, does not mean we cannot say those things.
We all see things through the prism of our own beliefs, no matter how the information is disseminated; the oneness is upon an individual to take personal responsibility for their own actions and not for people to refrain from expressing a point of view, for fear of irrational influence.
By definition, everything that is said will influence something, that's the whole point of speaking in the first place, so it's ludicrous to suggest you should have to choose what you are saying to cater for every permutation of how it may be interpreted, or the response of every unbalanced individual out there.
I mean, if someone tells you to jump in a river, you don't have to do it.
And if you did, who's the fool?
Free speech I say which sadly has been eroded with preposterous 'hate' crimes laws, primarily designed to prevent 'offence' to certain groups and is subsequently, continually being closed down.
Lots of things offend me, but hey, so what. Whatever.
Lots of people, the government and T.V. news programmes constantly tell me lots of things.
But, as I am in possession of a functioning brain and still have the freedom of will, I make my own mind up.
The cosy liberal notion that we should all group hug and agree, whilst having a 'respectful' debate is all well and good, except it overlooks reality.
You can't forge policy without an idealistic argument.
And by definition, an argument is confrontational and oppositional by nature.
That's precisely why the benches in the Houses of Parliament are facing each other; to encourage and force the opposition parties and government to face it off and feel free to argue with passion.
It’s simply not conducive to debate opposing views when you’re all sat around next to each other holding hands.
Subsequently, if you are of a weak disposition, lack moral fibre, strength of conviction, are easily offended or upset, then don't get involved; but whatever you do, don't try and make everyone else talk in softness and light, wrapping up everything they say in cotton wool.
It all comes back to the liberal elite fantasy of the divine right to the moral high ground and self-righteousness; all of whom claim to be 'tolerant'.
Yet as we know and have mentioned many a time in previous blog entries, some of the people who claim to be tolerant, are actually some of the most intolerant people of all.
They tolerate your point of view, so long as they deem it right or acceptable to say it.