sixx wrote:Well, of course it's hard to argue over things like science and mathematics. There isn't much room for a debate over gravity.
You'd be surprised. For some, the universe is completely subjective perception. I run into it all the time.
But on the other hand, I believe that diversity of opinion is the best thing a society can have. It encourages the most important freedom anyone can have -- speech.
But as noted above, opinion is not a counter to fact--even though many twist themselves into pretzels claiming that it is.
Think about it like this -- 99.9% of people think Fred Phelps (leader of the Westboro Baptist Church) is a terrible person with completely moronic views/opinions. Yet the way I see, and I may be grilled for this, it is still important that there are people like him. He pushes the limits of speech and diversity. No matter the opinion, it should never be silenced.
Again, it depends on what he's saying. You can't yell fire in a crowded theater, or equate "up" with "down" for political advantage, or say the definition of "is" is not what it is, in order to avoid prosecution. But you can say that Helen of Troy is ugly all you want, beauty is a subjective matter. In fact, true morals are objective, but the punishment for violating them is subjective. Contrariwise, stoning someone for violating the sabbath, which is NOT immoral (violating the sabbath), makes the punishment immoral.
Look at Hitler. One of the first things he did was silence the people in favor of his "truth".
His "truth" was necessarily invalid because it violated the morals (the lives, liberty and property) of those it was supposed to uphold. The law's only purpose is to enforce that true morality, or should be.