There’s a Right to Free Speech, but Not to Respect

by George Leef

So argues UNC-Wilmington professor Mike Adams in this letter to the new chancellor of the university. The school’s speech code states that every person has a right to respect for his thoughts, but Adams says otherwise. Many views are so absurd that they should not be respected.

The consequence of stating that all expressions must be respected is to open the door to complaints about hurt feelings when other argue back or in any other way fail to show the respect that the speaker feels entitled to.