Sir, when we started this colloquy, I thought I was on your side, especially the First Amendment. And under the First Amendment people don't have to shut their mouths. They have a right to speak.Helms, evidently slightly nonplussed, responded:
Well, uh, they can speak, as long as they don't offend anybody else, I suppose.So there you have it, all my fellow GLBTQs and all liberals everywhere who think that freedom of speech doesn't extend to offensive "hate" speech: you're on the same side as Jesse Helms. He was all for your freedom of speech as long as you didn't offend anybody. By "anybody" he meant right-thinking people who agreed with him, just as you want to shield yourselves and those who agree with you. You see? People can come together on contentious issues of civil liberties.