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  •  James ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Much of the answer here is not about defining banned speech, and punishing the wrongdoers, although there may be an element of that.

    It is about making a statement about who we are, and what we will and will not tolerate.

    Making a law in isolation does little other than persuade some to try to circumvent that law, but changing the dialogue, and supporting that with some modest proposals regarding the laws is normal. It is what we do.

    We did it with DUI, we did it with seatbelts, we will do it with guns and we can do it with hatred.

    If a particular church has a problem with that, then that church has a problem with a society that will not tolerate bigotry and hatred, and they will change or shut up.

    It's not so long ago that it was considered permissible to beat your wife. Then we made laws against it, and, patchily, started enforcing them.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 03:28:33 PM PDT

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