As the church, we will cling to the imago dei of each person, even if they disagree with us.
There is a great deal of debate over whether we have the right to free speech today or not. People have the right to speak their mind. You cannot abridge somebody’s right to speak. In response to the Wellesley piece, we need to make clear that free speech does not have limits placed upon. Students do not have the right to act out in hostility against speakers who they disagree with. There is something better than all of this hostility. We need to stand, as believers, for the freedom of thought and of speech. The church has a major stake in the freedom of speech and thought because much of what is in Scripture will be called hate speech. If the church loses freedom of speech, we need to make it clear that we are not going anywhere. We are not going to stop working. We need to make it clear, as believers, that we depend on many constitutional realities. Freedom of speech is not something you need to earn; freedom of speech is a reality in American public life. We need to stand for free speech and stand with those who will promote it. As the church, we will cling to the imago dei of each person, even if they disagree with us.