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Speaking Out

I’m not exactly Kevin Myers biggest fan.

I will admit, for example, to a frisson of schadenfreude when Judge Peter Cory cited a Garda report outlining ‘how little [Myers and another writer] relied upon fact and how much they relied upon suspicion and hypothesis.’

‘Statements and allegations were put forward as matters of fact when in reality they were founded upon speculation and hypothesis,’ the Canadian judge wrote.

Myers’ column has a few themes that he returns to regularly, though he rarely says anything new.

Lately, he’s even taken to recycling the worst of the creationist nonsense from the likes of the Discovery Institute, presumably to complement his skepticism over global warming.

Still, I can’t find it to support the complaint from the Immigration Council of Ireland over an article headlined ‘Africa is giving nothing to anyone – apart from AIDS‘.

For all that I disagree, I’d much rather live in a country where he’s free to speak his mind than one where unpopular opinions are censored.

Free speech only means something if unpopular speech is protected, whether a Nazi march or a religious cartoon.

The fact that this allows me to compare Myers to a Nazi is, of course, immaterial.