Postmodernism's relativism is part of a rhetorical political strategy, some Machiavellian realpolitik employed to throw the opposition off track.
A key part of explaining why the Left now advocates speech codes is that in recent decades the Left has suffered major disappointments.
The postmodern argument implies that free speech is what the Ku Klux Klan favours. Speech codes equalise the playing field.
Consider first a free-speech point dear to liberal hearts: that there is a distinction between speech and action.
We are getting better at thinking about religion, individually and socially. Compared to centuries past, more people now know how to think.
The history of the Catholic Church, just as one example, is soaked in the blood of civilians who questioned the authority imposed on them.
One’s religious beliefs should not exist in an impenetrable and inviolable bubble wherein they are protected from criticism or scrutiny.
Once one enters the public sphere, religious beliefs are not protected from scrutiny, debate, criticism, and ridicule.
In a society of increasing diversity, criminalizing speech that defames religions would put us on the road to a tyranny of silence.
In today’s grievance culture, with its identity politics, the grievance lobby has succeeded in shifting the fulcrum of the human rights debate.