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Individual truth

March 4, 2006

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To the editor:

In case you missed it, go back and read the Journal-World editorial page from Sunday, Feb. 26. It doesn't get any better.

Page 10B starts with conservative columnist George Will defending free speech from the repressive efforts of both the radical left and the radical right. At the bottom of the same page liberal writer Ellen Goodman correlates sexual repression by the radical left with that of the radical right.

What do the actions of Muslims rioting against the publication of Muhammad cartoons, and the enactment of racial hate crimes in the United States have in common? Everything. What do Andrea Dworkin and Phill Kline have in common? Everything. Each believes truth is something that can be imposed by law on the ignorant. Each begins by controlling thought.

What do George Will and Ellen Goodman have in common? Everything, but mostly respect of individual choice. Thought is sacred and must be left alone. Freedom means freedom of expression, precisely from radical do-gooders, who know what is best for us, and are willing to impose truth, rather than allow us to discover it on our own. There is truth, but only if we find it ourselves. Freedom is not neat or serene; it's messy, mostly a muddle, and we're like T.S. Eliot's Rum Tum Tugger, who "only likes what he finds for himself."

William Skepnek,

Lawrence

Comments

classclown 8 years, 9 months ago

Kodiac - hahahahaha... Very good.

The proof is in the pudding. Blog pudding that is.

KayCee 8 years, 9 months ago

The point. You have a right to your opinion no matter how WROMG you may be.

Kodiac 8 years, 9 months ago

Hey Clown,

Where did you get that statement from. Can you prove that we don't understand the concept of what an opinion is? Where is your evidence? Did you conduct a poll or something. Is there margin of error here? Just as I thought empty claims by yet another misguided soul.

A Blog Jackass

classclown 8 years, 9 months ago

If you express your opinion on these blogs, there will always be some jackass that will demand "proof" or "evidence" to back up your opinion. They apparently don't understand the concept of what an opinion is.

rtwngr 8 years, 9 months ago

"There is truth, but only if we find it ourselves."

Nice thought but there in lies part of the problem. This has been translated into society to mean that there is no right and wrong only "gray" areas that we cannot make judgements about.

We dont want to speak out about the female children of some Islamic countries that are forced to have clitoral circumcision because we sound like we are making a judgement.

Should we respect the wishes of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association) when they tell us that it is ok for adult men to have sex with teenage boys? Is this truth?

Should we legalize marijuana when we know that it is a gateway drug for some people? Does crack cocaine strengthen the fibers of society?

The last thing Pilate asked Jesus was a rhetorical question, "What is truth?" (Jn 18:38) Pilate was saying the same thing as Mr. Skepnek. That is; nobody knows what truth is and we should decide for ourselves. I would say that attitude served the Roman Empire pretty well.

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