Thursday, 18 November 2010

The myth of absolutely free speech

The dream of absolute free speech is a myth and a delusion. No society has ever granted it. We do not recognise the right of a man to shout 'fire!' in a crowded theatre, not to call for the execution of the President, nor to publish totally false and malicious statements with respect to a man. Speech must be responsible to be free, and there is a social necessity for freedom of responsible speech. (p577 The Institutes of Biblical law: A Chalcedon study with three appendices by Gary North)

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