On January 1st, 1831, editor William Lloyd Garrison addressed the public in the first edition of The Liberator, a publication dedicated to promoting women's rights and abolishing slavery. However, The Liberator saw itself not as a political publication but as a religious one. As Garrison states in his editorial—in a quote directly from the US Constitution—in the eyes of God, everyone is created the same.
All men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights—among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
He says that he regrets an earlier compromise he made when he agreed that the abolition of slavery should come via a gradual process. That was, he said, a "sentiment so full of timidity, injustice and absurdity." He firmly believes that freeing people from evil should never be done using moderate measures. He insists that people have to hear what he says. If they don't like what he says, then that's just tough.
I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice . . .
As he states at the beginning of the editorial, there are too many people against the abolition of slavery to just tread lightly.