Be careful what you ask for

Thinking about the situation with ESPN announcer Robert Lee, we have to wonder what will eventually happen to the people who have the given name Jesus.  Will that somehow be judged to be offensive to some people?

How about the Mohammeds of the world?

Or the Christians?

Or those named Moses?

People need to take a step back and realize that what they allow to be done to others might be done to them later.

Martin Niemoller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

We deserve better


5 Responses to Be careful what you ask for

  1. Don't make sense says:

    The quote has always been somewhat nonsensical. Obviously referencing Nazi’s, “they” came for socialists? Nazi literally stands for the German national socialist party. Unions are a construct of socialism/communism, so why would avowed socialists “come after” union workers or themselves? Everybody knows that “they” did come after Jews while socialists the world over were silent, so that is the only part that makes sense.

    I am referring to ACTUAL Nazi’s, not people you merely disagree with politically.


  2. Publius says:

    Sadly, you’ll have to ask Doug Adler what happens when one uses the phrase “guerilla tactics” in tennis. His firing is an example of what happens when we try to edit reality such that nobody gets offended. Those that advocate for this sort of constructivist approach to reality don’t really care when people are unfairly punished through their social experiments.


  3. abandon hope says:

    Whatever. The meaning of the quote is clear.

    Richard Epstein, a professor and leading academic, is among the classic liberals who believe the push by the American left to stop “offensive” speech is dangerous. The left, he says, believes it respects the First Amendment but draws the line when severely offended. “As a result, you make racial, ethnic, religious and social sensibilities an art form.”

    I would like to hear from more classic liberals today. Classic liberals believe that people are entitled to their opinions and that through rational, not emotional, discourse we can figure things out.


    • JerryK says:

      I used to be one of those classic liberals. No more and not as long as they insist on violent shut down of free speech they deem offensive. I won’t even go to their devisive identity politics that is the product of universities, not of civil rights heroes who laid down their lives in the 60s.

      Note that under Obama the GOP captured 8 more statehouses to now have a majority. If you want to know where the country is headed, don’t look at NFL players who refuse to honor the flag and CNN and ESPN commentators too cowardly to call it out. Look at who owns the states.


      • Call It the Way I See It says:

        You start by criticizing those you say are against free speech they find offensive. You yourself then criticize those who exercise free speech in ways YOU find offensive. Then you criticize others who say nothing. I’ll leave it at that.


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