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December 15, 2017

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John the Drunkard

Does Shoa denial REALLY demonstrate independent thought? Are such 'heresies' ever really spontaneous products of real inquiry?

Certainly, the freedom to SAY the toxic and absurd must be protected. But no one has any right to be respected or believed without regard to objective truth.

Dom

We could use Hitchens now. Throughout the US and Canada, the universities are filled with professors who believe freedom of speech is irrelevant and that the first amendment is past its shelf life.

Mick H

Well no John, I don't believe he's saying that heretics - Holocaust deniers for instance - should be respected. Just that we need to hear these views so that we can work out for ourselves why they're wrong, rather than just relying on "the false security of consensus".

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