Free speech but not when we dis­agree

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Shame on Mac, shame on pro­fes­sors (May 2)

I want to thank Paul Benedetti and The Hamilton Spec­ta­tor for this ar­ti­cle. As a life­long res­i­dent of Hamilton and a grad­u­ate of McMaster I am sad­dened by the univer­sity’s re­cent ac­tions that re­sulted in the muz­zling of free speech by in­vited guest speak­ers.

Mr. Benedetti is right in his as­ser­tion that uni­ver­si­ties should be bas­tions of free speech and that free speech is fun­da­men­tal to a healthy func­tion­ing democ­racy. And if in­deed the ideas shared by guests (or any­one for that mat­ter) are deemed to be hate speech, there are le­gal av­enues that should be pur­sued — but cer­tainly not by mob rule.

Un­for­tu­nately, some peo­ple feel that free speech should only be al­lowed if your view­points agree with their ideas. If this was the case, we’d still be­lieve the Earth is flat and that the Earth is the cen­tre of the uni­verse.

Oh, I just re­mem­bered, some peo­ple still be­lieve that! E. V. Sem­ine­rio, An­caster

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