soapbox orator

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soapbox orator

One who makes an impassioned, impromptu speech. (Soapboxes were once commonly used as makeshift platforms for such speeches.) It seems like there's a soapbox orator on every corner in this city. Sorry, I couldn't hear you over that soapbox orator who's ranting about the government.
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Whether it Is Jews who revere Moses or Sikhs following Guru Nanak, people of all religions can demonstrate the same commitment to their founders whenever they are criticised - not resorting to aggression or violence, but drawing attention to and epitomising the beautiful teachings they brought; teachings of love, respect and goodwill for all; teachings that the Wiiders and soapbox orators of this world could learn a great deal from.
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