Or is it justified to dimiss both that person and any ideas they have as rubbish on grounds that the person is bigoted in some way?
As an example, pretend there's this guy who has said many obviously racist and prejudiced things, but in a completely unrelated area he has a great idea which would greatly benefit society. He's looking for a way to tell people about it and asks to present at a conference.
Do you think people should or would listen to him, or is it understandable to disqualify him from having a platform to speak because he's a racist? Keep in mind that it would be a speech at a public or private event, not just someone talking on the street. And also, do you think you'd hear him out, or walk out or protest before he started if he was allowed to speak at the event?
I have my own opinion, but just curious to see what other people think.
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I'm very much in favor of the right of free speech, and will thus consider the merit of ideas offered by all people, regardless of personal profile. However, ideas emanating from bigots could only possibly offer merit should they involve their own maiming or demise.1