"Freedom of speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself. What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."
by:
Salman Rushdie
(1947-) British-Indian novelist and essayist
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"The right to be downright offensive" by Jonathan Duffy in BBC News Magazine (21 December 2004)
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No one has any right to NOT be offended. 
 -- jim k, Austin     
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    The freedom to feel emotional discomfort by another's speech or action more often demonstrates the character of the offended the the offender.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Once again, it's a battle of words.  Redefining 'violence' to include 'hurting' one's feelings.  To hold an opinion is considered the 'bullying' of others with opposing views.  Misuse of language, twisting the meaning of words — look no further than the legal establishment which uses every trick in the book to fleece the common people of the fruits of their labors by the stroke of a pen.  'Hate speech' is not only grammatically incorrect, it is a ploy to omit and prohibit opposing viewpoints.  'Screw you!' is hateful speech obviously, but where does and who draws the line and by what authority?  Trying to shut people up is not liberal or progressive, THAT is violence, not the speech.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA      
     -- Mary-MI      
     
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