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Offline kimmy

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Re: "Your Ward" News - Hate Speech or Free Expression?
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2017, 05:36:16 pm »
Your description is circular.  "X is a right because it would be wrong otherwise."  It doesn't say anything.

There must be a reason we have rights other than it's a 'good thing'.

The right to free speech is central to our system of law and government.   The notion that the King or the Church or the War or anything else must be exempt from criticism is a cornerstone of dictatorship and has been the cause of revolutions.  The right of the people to decide the best course of action is meaningless if without the right to freely express opinions. These ideas originated a time when people could be jailed for questioning the ruler or the church. Consider what happened to that Galileo chap for presenting a scientific theory that the Catholic church didn't care for, for example.

 -k
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