Error has no Rights?
The Zionist and “Woke” position on book-banning and cancel culture is consonant with the “Error has no rights" dictum of the papal church, which many Protestants shared—cf. Presbyterian Samuel Rutherford’s influential book—Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience. Whereas, the open-minded libertarian standard upholding the Jeffersonian “Error has rights" concept, insists that claims of authoritative Truth must be debated, investigated and if necessary resisted, as conscience requires.
This radical freedom, the legacy of the New World's American Revolution, rigorously opposes the Old World dogma that “Error has no rights.” That dogma and the inquisition that almost always follows in its wake, has been revived on the Left by Critical Race Theory, and on the Right by hypocrites such as Bari Weiss and Ben Shapiro.
Wesley Yang, Kimberly Strassel, Christopher Rufo, Rod Dreher and other leading Right wing critics of cancel culture, have little to say contra the censorship of pro-Palestinian speech advocated by their heroine, cancel commissar Bari Weiss when she was a New York Times writer (a record she has not repudiated), and calls from nationally syndicated talk show host Ben Shapiro to cancel Minister Louis Farrakhan on social media. These two are only the tip of the "conservative" censorship lance.
Their selective indignation subverts the whole weltanschauung of supposed conservative free speech advocacy. Their hypocrisy ensures that the noble ideals of the First Amendment will be circumscribed by the partisan requirements of Right wing obeisance to Israeli idols, while Left wing subservience to canonical Marxist and gender axioms cripple the Left’s self-advertised aspiration to build a better world.
Error has rights because we do not trust any earthly power to decide for the people what is right or wrong—an authority that belongs to God alone—not the fallible, totalitarian zealots in government, media and academia who are perennially prone to declare their opinions as fact, while compelling the rest of us to conform to their dictated "truths."
My right to dissent from your certitude cannot exist unless, commensurate with the presumption that I am in error, my inalienable right to the expression of and belief in my “error” is nonetheless guaranteed. History teaches that many of those condemned in the past as being in heresy and error have been found in subsequent centuries to have been visionary inventors, scientists, writers and activists.
The advancement of knowledge and the progress of the human race depends upon the absolute right to be wrong.
Michael Hoffman's books include Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare (2001), and Twilight Language (2021) available at this link.
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