Jonathan Turley On Free Speech

This post is a little dated, two days late, but still relevant even at the speed of the internet. Here are a few snippets from Jonathan Turley’s Washington Post essay, “Shut up and play nice: How the Western world is limiting free speech”

Of course, free speech is often precisely about pissing off other people — challenging social taboos or political values.
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Our entire society is being treated as a crowded theater, and talking about whole subjects is now akin to shouting “fire!”
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Ironically, while some religious organizations are pushing blasphemy laws, religious individuals are increasingly targeted under anti-discrimination laws for their criticism of homosexuals and other groups.
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Whether speech is deemed imflammatory (sic) or hateful or discriminatory or simply false, society is denying speech rights in the name of tolerance, enforcing mutual respect through categorical censorship.

Jonathan Turley’s whole essay is well worth reading in its entirety.