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Free Speech



Everyone believes in free speech, but most people differ on exactly how free is should be. Almost everyone agrees that there should be limits on free speech, but many people differ on what those limits should be. Below are some tough questions to make you think about this subject. Please note that while many of the questions could best be answered by "it depends", I've purposely left out that option so that you can wrestle with your conscience about which choice you more closely identify with.

Poll #967580 Censorship

Should freedom of speech be an absolute right?

Yes
60(66.7%)
No
30(33.3%)

Under which of the following circumstances should freedom of speech be censored?

Where the speech is false and malicious or hurtful (i.e. slander)
7(10.1%)
Where the speech is critical of a particular race of people (or of someone on account of their race)
0(0.0%)
Where the speech is critical of a particular sex (or of someone on account of their sex)
0(0.0%)
Where the speech is critical of a particular sexual orientation (or of someone on account of their sexual orientation)
0(0.0%)
Where the speech is critical of a particular religion (or of someone on account of their religion)
0(0.0%)
Where the speech is critical of a particular ethnicity (or of someone on account of their ethnic origin)
0(0.0%)
Where the speech promotes harm to children
4(5.8%)
Where the speech advocates overthrow of the government
0(0.0%)
Where the speech promotes change by violence or terror
0(0.0%)
Where the speech threatens national security
2(2.9%)
Where the speech is sexually descriptive
0(0.0%)
Where the speech is profane
0(0.0%)
Other circumstances not contained in this list
2(2.9%)

If a newspaper editorial wishes to criticise allowing immigrants from a certain nation, should the editorial be censored?

Yes, in principle such an article promotes prejudice towards immigrants from that nation
11(12.2%)
No, it is a valid exercise of free speech.
79(87.8%)

Assume that an internet or magazine article describes how to build a working bomb. Should such an article be censored?

Yes. Disseminating this kind of information is potentially dangerous and harmful.
44(48.4%)
No, it is a valid exercise of free speech.
47(51.6%)

Should the government be able to censor information from the news media if it feels that the information poses a threat to the national security?

Yes
7(7.7%)
Yes, but that decision should be reviewable by a court or judge
51(56.0%)
No
33(36.3%)

Should organizations like the KKK or the Nazi party be allowed to publish ads which are critical of a particular race, ethnic origin or religion?

Yes. It is a valid exercise of the right to free speach.
56(62.2%)
No, those organizations promote hate or prejudice and should not be allowed to assemble.
34(37.8%)
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