“Liberty requires accepting the freedom to offend, yes, but it also allows people, institutions and communities to both call for and exercise restraint.”
It is this combination of freedom and responsibility that I find most misunderstood by those with whom I discuss such matters every now and again. Complete freedom, though permitting of all things, and perhaps even though at times necessitating all manner of things, does not imply the doing of all such things. Liberty, providing the potential, the possibility, even the context for an action, should rarely if ever be the motive for that same action. The spirit of restraint is not restraint in the name of not offending or not hurting; the spirit of restraint is the spirit of acting motivated by reasons worthy of being acted upon.