When do you know that censorship has gone too far?
|I am miffed. Not just miffed, but pretty pissed off. If you know me, you know it takes a lot to get me po'd. What has me all worked up? Censorship. I have been censored. I don't like it, and I don't think it's fair. |
I belong to a stay-at-home mom meetup group here in Erie. Someone had posted on our message board asking for some info on a certain company. I originally thought it was a phone company of some sort. When it was brought out that it was a telemarketing company, I made the comment to the effect that I hate telemarketers. They call at the most inconvenient times and never take no for an answer. I've had to ask for their supervisor before (so has Brian), just to tell them to STOP CALLING ME! This was after I hung up on them because they would not take no for an answer. Yep, that's right, they called me back! Anyway, I digress. Apparently, someone in our group works for this company and was offended because I said I hate telemarketers. I have yet to meet this person and had no idea that she worked for this company or that she was a telemarketer at all. So, instead of coming to me about it, she went to the organizers of the group.
When I got online Tuesday after being gone all weekend, I had an im from one of the organizers telling me they were concerned about my reply that I hate telemarketers and that I offended one of the members because she is a telemarketer. They then asked me to rephrase my response, which I was happy to do. I would gladly have explained myself, letting her know that I didn't know she was a telemarketer, and that I was not directing anything toward her, especially since I've never met her before. However, upon trying to do that, I found that my response had been deleted already. Now, I realize that the organizer of the group has that right, but when does that right go to far? Is it worth alienating a few of your members to keep one happy?
So, I'm wondering, when did the "right to NOT be offended" take precedence over the right to free speech? Don't I have a right to say what I feel, even if it risks offending someone? I'm not the type of person to purposely offend anyone. I don't try to do that and I wasn't trying to do that here. I was just expressing the way I felt. But, apparently, I am not allowed to do that with that particular group.
So much for freedom of speech....