..."Speak The Truth & Shame The Devil" "When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to itís subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,í the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked, contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything. You canít conquer a free man, the most you can do is kill him." ~Robert A. Heinlein
"You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists." ~Abbie Hoffman~
"...We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.
I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
And they're going to hear from me..."
(an excerpt of "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen)
"I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." ~Voltaire. (French writer, satirist, the embodiment of the 18th-century Enlightenment. Voltaire is remembered as a crusader against tyranny and bigotry).
"Take away the right to say "fuck", and you take away the right to say "fuck the government" ~Lenny Bruce
If you're feeling verbally, or maybe ideologically, stifled in some of the other groups, you're welcome to join mine. "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.".
I'm going to try to stick with that even when it gets difficult. I expect that some people are bound to say things in the group that I'll hate to hear. Things that may hurt or dismay me, or even disgust me sometimes. Things I wish they wouldn't say or even think. Some will have political and/or life views that I totally disagree with. Then it will be hard to stand up and stick with what I say I believe, but I'm going to try.
I won't delete posts just for cussing.
I will draw the line at people saying stuff in support of child pornography and child abuse. And any posts in support of cruelty to animals and other innocent beings. And gross explicit sex pictures (it's going to be strictly my call on that last stuff)(my group, my rules). I will delete stuff like that ruthlessly. I will also delete posts where there's verbal terrorism being used, covert or overt. You know, where someone attacks or impugns someone else personally, however obliquely. That's all I can think of so far.
So, if you think you can handle other people speaking their truths, whether you like them or not. And if you'd like to participate in a group where you'll get to speak your truths too, whether your views are popular or not, then you're welcome to join this group and, "Speak the Truth & Shame the Devil"