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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Free Speech Addendum

Here is an article at the New York Times discussing how peculiarly American true free speech is.

What they ignore, however, is that the moment one bans "offensive" speech, anyone can shut anyone else down by saying that they were "offended." As ES1 points out, one of the particularly "offensive" lines in Mark Steyn's article was a direct quote from a Norwegian Imam.

That is one of the most peculiar aspects of many complaints about "hate speech." So many claim that it is "hate speech" to quote them. What are they trying to hide?

We must never forget that open, unrestricted dialogue is the only way to insure freedom. If you don't like that - say so! This is a free country. It's just about the only truly free country on the planet.

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