Ken White has a post about Pax Dickinson at Popehat.
He starts by pointing out that free speech does not mean that speech will and must be free of consequences.
Speech has consequences. It ought to.
In America, we have an elaborate set of laws strictly limiting the government’s ability to inflict those consequences. That is right and fit; the First Amendment prevents the government from punishing us for most speech.
Private consequences are something else. Speech is designed to invoke private and social consequences, whether the speech is “venti mocha no whip, please,” or “I love you,” or “fuck off.”1 The private and social consequences of your speech — whether they come from a barista, or your
(This is a syndicated post. Read the original at FreeThoughtBlogs.)