Question #8 Posted on November 29, 2016 by Grammaticissima Should freedom of speech include the freedom to offend? Share this:TweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related
Undoubtedly. Otherwise, why would one even bother to talk about freedom of speech? If someone or something is found to be offensive, then freedom of speech should allow that to be expressed. The defense should not be held back from causing offence in turn.
Simple etiquette and common sense should dictate, however, that personal attacks, e.g. you are an idiot, should be replaced by attacks on the impersonal, e.g. your statement is idiotic because …
That’s the thing. Nothing is offensive unless it is found to be offensive. And nothing can prevent people from being offended if they choose.
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