Free speech is about the right to make your views known. It is also about the right to offend others so that they may use their free speech to offend you in return.
Now normally when a group demonstrates about something that offends another group of people they go running to Nanny State and use the law to restrict the first group’s right of free speech. Violence can also be a conclusion.
So when some Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin, the LGBT groups will use the law to suppress the religious group’s rights. However the Christian groups aren’t allowed to use the law to stop gays offending them because there seems to be a hierarchy of rights and sexual rights usurp religious rights.
For an example of how to actually react to free speech that offends you by using your own free speech just watch the YouTube clip below.
For those at work and not able to listen or watch a quick prÃ©cis follows.
At the 2012 Atheist Convention in Melbourne a small group of evangelical Muslims decided to setup in front of the hall. As the Muslims chanted, Atheists gathered around to film them on their phones. After a short while the Atheists started their own chanting. Chants of âWhere are the women?â, âZZ Top!â, âInfidelsâ, âAlways look on the bright side of lifeâ clashed with âChristopher Hitchens, Burn in Hellâ and âRepent to who? Allah!â. By the end of the clip the dozen or so Muslims are surrounded by probably the whole Atheist convention all chanting âWhere are the women?â
No violence, no arrests, but both sides using their free speech.
A group of Cristians also demonstrated. It would have been interesting to watch if both Muslims and Christians had joined together to try and convert the Atheist towards relgious fevour.