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.
Should freedom of speech be an absolute right?
Under which of the following circumstances should freedom of speech be censored?
If a newspaper editorial wishes to criticise allowing immigrants from a certain nation, should the editorial be censored?
Assume that an internet or magazine article describes how to build a working bomb. Should such an article be censored?
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?
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?