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Conservative writer David French: We should be more tolerant of speech that offends us

Glenn Beck
MADISON, FL - AUGUST 19: A Confederate monument featuring a statue of a Confederate soldier is seen in Four Freedoms Park in the midst of a national controversy over whether Confederate symbols should be removed from public display on August 19, 2017 in Madison, Florida. The issue is at the heart of a debate about race in America and a recent protest in Charlottesville, VA turned deadly as white-supremacists clashed with counter-demonstrators over a confederate statue. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Do you believe the First Amendment protects speech that offends you?

If you can say yes, then you truly believe in free speech. But as National Review’s David French pointed out in a recent piece, too many people will “zealously defend” the speech they like and bend over backward finding reasons to shut down speech from their “ideological enemies.”

French joined Wednesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” to talk about his piece on the NFL protests and why we need to listen to one another – even when we don’t like what we hear.

He gave a theoretical example to show the other “side”: What if President Barack Obama had threatened former football pro Tim Tebow’s religious expression and called for the quarterback to be fired?

“You can’t tell me that the entire conservative world wouldn’t absolutely meltdown at that,” French said. “We need to stop being so outraged about speech we disagree with.”

In the article headlined “I Understand Why They Knelt,” French asked some important questions:

  • Who is a bigger threat, a few football players or the most powerful man in the world?
  • How many leftists saying kneeling during the anthem is “free speech” think a Christian baker’s religious freedom doesn't matter?
  • How many conservatives who decried Google for firing an engineer with the “wrong” opinions think it’s OK for the president to threaten the free speech of private citizens?
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