“If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older,
I don’t know what to tell you.”
For a brief moment, champions of free speech and moral courage were heartened.'
Hart caved, and announced, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past . . . I’m sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so.”
The wolves, however, weren’t satisfied.'
Formal comedy arose 2500 years ago at the same time as political free speech, democratic freedom, and equality, and has always had a political purpose––
And they were subjected to vicious charges and accusations, usually of an obscene nature.'
These were the common necessities that created the basis of human equality and identity.'
In a small town like Athens, where thousands of citizens watched comic performances in the same theater, and the victims of the humor or satire
were present as well, ...
Yet comic poets were protected by custom from any attempts to silence or censor them.'
Aristophanes, by the way, followed up his free-speech victory by writing yet another play making fun of Cleon.'
or sex or sexual preferences, in which these categories represent victims of historical grievances.'
As a result, in some respects we do not have equality of rights or free speech.'
No one will demand apologies, or fire them from gigs, or boycott their work.'
It undermines the foundational notions of equality under the law, and compromises free speech through self-censorship and harassment.'
And it certainly is one that would benefit from an open and frank discussion whether through seminars or comedy shows.'
It would not suit the progressive ideological agenda to admit that genuine diversity is much more complex that they care to recognize.'
And as Aristotle said about tyranny, no free man endures such a regime.'
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"Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, and a Professor of Classics and Humanities at the California State University.