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Old 01-19-2014, 08:55 PM   #59
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
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Re: Teacher OKs "Avoid[ing] touching females on religious grounds"

Joe, in the example you cited, the actions of the men were the issue and not the words they used. We celebrate freedom of speech here in the US, even the speech of the inflammatory and stupid and vile. If we don't protect the rights of each to that basic right, when will my freedom of speech be restricted? When will some BJJ guy come to power and prohibit me from speaking about aikido?

Not being able to freely express thoughts and ideas is more dangerous than the thoughts and ideas themselves.

I am a strong proponent of Voltaire's "I may not agree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it."

Michael
"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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