Re­defin­ing free speech

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Mr (An­drew) Lit­tle, you have put for­ward your points in an open ar­ti­cle (www.nzher­ald.co.nz/nz/news/ ar­ti­cle.cfm?c_id=1&ob­jec­tid=12225871) in what I be­lieve to be a de­sire to re­de­fine free speech, so al­low me to re­spond.

The first three para­graphs you write ap­pear to af­firm the importance of free speech, but come on now, we all know that trick. When­ever some­one starts an ar­ti­cle stat­ing how ‘im­por­tant’ a uni­ver­sally im­por­tant process is, we all know they are about to stomp on it.

You then pig­gy­back on emo­tional com­ments made just af­ter the cow­ard’s at­tack (in Christchur­ch). That is highly dis­taste­ful, but let’s look fur­ther at that.

“Oth­ers have said these types of state­ments al­low a cli­mate to de­velop

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