Freedom of speech
The actual transcript of what he had to say:
“It was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me from writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or bought, or sold or read. That’s all I have to say on that subject.”
There are two aspects of this that grab me:
(1). Once again, a clever marketer uses the insulting outrage of Evangelical mouthpieces to make himself millions — and they still are too dense to figure out they are being used.
(2). He’s so dead right.
You know, here’s a mind-blowing, revolutionary and never-before-thought-of idea for the entirety of Christendom: How about we take this guy’s advice? Let’s stop doing our required whining to make these people money, stand up and tell the truth about what it means to be free to really live the life Christ died to give us and then get in the faces of the religious right that would continue to preach a gospel of rules or raw stupidity (Or just kowtow to this silliness) and cease living lives of reactionary humiliation.
You know, sorta like that Jesus guy did???