December 25, 2004

Speak Truth To Power

"We are not against freedom of speech, but there's no right to offend." -- Harmander Singh, spokesman for the advocacy group Sikhs in England, commenting on the kerfuffle surrounding "Behzti", in today's NYT Arts Section.

But what is freedom of speech if not the freedom to offend -- to offend power, to offend privilege, to offend common sense, to offend Truth? Speak truth (hopefully not Truth) to power, and all that (the trouble here, of course, is that the "Behzti" situation is more about speaking truth to powerlessness).

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