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Friday, August 25, 2017

85 Percent Say Freedom of Speech More Important Than Not Offending Others

A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday revealed that over 85 percent of American adults believe that the right to free speech is “more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say.”

A mere eight percent said they believe that guarding against personal offense is more important than protecting free speech.

73 percent also agreed with the famous line often attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.”

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Anonymous said...

Well duh.

Anonymous said...

The First Amendment was specifically crafted to allow and permit all kinds of unpleasant speech and writing. Falsely yelling 'Fire' in a theater is a good example of what doesn't pass muster. Most everything else is fair game, constrained by libel and slander laws.

Within those expansive boundaries, I can call you this and you can call me that. And that's a great feature unavailable in most of the rest of the world.