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Censorship Offends Me Stamp by Mirz123 Censorship Offends Me Stamp by Mirz123
I wanted to do a "Stop SOPA" inspired stamp, but one that was more general. I saw this quote and it totally spoke to me.

On the surface, it's pretty straight-forward. Censorship is offensive. Period. However, the reason this quote speaks to me is the secondary (and core) meaning of this quote.

One of the greatest threats to free-speech is Political Correctness. All someone had to do is scream they are offended and suddenly the person speaking has to shut-up. I don't believe that. For me, it's the old adage, "I may not like what you have to say, but I'll fight for your right to say it."

It's insane that someone cannot say "Merry Christmas" because some people take offense to it. Or mention religion, or mention an opposing political viewpoint. It's gotten to the point that if someone says, "I don't support your cause/belief/orientation/fandom/whatever" they are being accused of hate-mongering. I mean, c'mon. When we start telling people to STFU simply because we don't like what they are saying, we are one step closer to losing the right to say what we want.

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:iconxxangelicaanarchyxx:
XxAngelicaAnarchyxX 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
I love this, totally using it :P
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:iconjohnk222:
Yeah, I hate censorship when I'm trying to watch Gordon Ramsay.
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:iconkatamata1:
Why they would censor Gordon Ramsay? :O
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:iconjohnk222:
On some of his stuff that I've seen from overseas, it was censored, due to coarse language, but in Australia it usually isn't.
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:iconkatamata1:
Yeah, he curses ... ^^; but I dont mind that alot.
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:iconjohnk222:
Neither do I really. I don't think the censorship stamp was quite saying the same thing, but it was just something it reminded me of, with Gordon. :-)
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:iconrekatheamazingtaco:
Life is not going to be a protect haven.

:icondealwithitplz:
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:iconmirz123:
That's true. :iconseriousnodplz:
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:iconnightshade-keyblade:
nightshade-keyblade Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
While I have experienced censorship, I can agree that I do not like it, but I wouldn't say it offends me. Honestly, censorship can be justified, but only if it occurs on the writer/author/artist's own terms.

Censorship annoys me to death but what is even worse is that smug, arrogant and hypocritical attitude that people take when they talk about how great they are that they respect other people's right to expression:

"This is a democracy...you can say what you like..."

"It's a free country, I have the right to say XYZ"

Let me ask you, how many of those people honestly believe the following statement?

"I may not like what you have to say, but I'll fight to the death for your right to say it." (which is of dubious origin and I have heard to be taken out of context, but that's not the point).

The point is, we will not "fight to the death" for that. People's "rights" are always weighted down with responsibilities

I really cannot be expected to enthusiastically defend the free speech right of anyone who ignores this, who thinks that "free speech" means being a troublemaker and hiding behind the rules which protect the wrongdoers every bit as much as the ones who really do follow the rules.

And before you start, I know that it is a precarious situation and that it's a burden I just have to live with. I know that the right to free speech isn't perfect and that others will abuse that right, but we cannot take it away without hurting those who actually are responsible with their opinions. I KNOW!

I'm just so sick of that high and mighty attitude people take when they talk about how they support free speech and talk to others like they are uncivilised people who don't appreciate the splendours of free this and free that.

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As I write this, I'm want to stress this. I am not accusing you of having that attitude. I am not accusing you specifically of that infuriating attitude. You at least are responsible in your actions. You understand the burden of responsibility that goes hand in hand with creative expression and you are not a hypocrite in that regard. I would like you to know that. And for the record, I do agree with the following statement:

"It's insane that someone cannot say "Merry Christmas" because some people take offense to it. Or mention religion, or mention an opposing political viewpoint."

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