Thursday, March 26, 2009

Free Speech

Q - Following up on the question you answered earlier this week - students placed pictures of a Crucifix with blasphemous headings in their Campus Magazine and when people objected, they claimed they were protected under FREE SPEECH. I, as a Catholic, want to object as well.

A - Thanks for the clarification. I don't know that my answer changes too much. While it would have been appropriate to ask Catholics their opinions, I don't think a "right" was violated. You can still object and if you were offended, then I think it might be best that you let others know that you are displeased, but you should do so in as gentle a manner as you can.

Exercising your right to free speech includes the ability to speak up when your faith is attacked, but it also guarantees the rights of others to express their disapproval of what you believe. Now, on a college campus, there might be other rules that one must follow - because the magazine might receive government money. You might approach the administration with other Catholics who were also offended and talk to them about it.

Regardless, we don't have a right not to be offended. Go ahead and object, but stick to the facts, make a cogent argument as why the display was offensive to your religious sensibilities and don't attack the persons responsible.

My prayers are with you.

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