Originally Posted by devildog2067
What does "you can't give birth to yourself" have anything to do with anything? Without appeal to a higher authority, we can establish basic moral principles such as "murder is wrong" through simple application of the Golden Rule. The details are more complicated, and this is true whether your morals come out of a book of fables or through analysis without asking a higher power.
I took it that even the book of fables is a "higher authority"
Higher authority doesn't have to mean a deity.
As an example in this case, I think what they do is disgusting BUT, I appeal to a higher authority that it not a deity but a principle of free speech. It is disgusting speech, but they have every bit as much of a right to be disgusting as gay people have to put on a gay pride parade.
The difference is many people have relative morals and say "if in situation X then Y is OK but if in situation Z then Y is not OK". Now, I am not saying I dont have situation morals (for example killing someone in self defense is situational morals), but I do want to hope that I remain as consistent to my beliefs as possible.
This means I believe they have the right to protest the firefighters. That doesnt mean I agree with their actions; I only believe they have the right to do it.