Friday, May 18, 2007

Hitchens on Free Speech

I will be away on vacation for this week, and here is an excellent video by Christopher Hitchen's concerning freedom of speech.

Despite death threats and strong condemnation from various religious groups who wish to silence him, Hitchens and others risk their lives to speak out in defense of Freedom of Speech and expression. Free speech should be upheld for ALL people whether we agree with what is being said, or not. People also have the right to hear what we have to say, or to choose not to read or listen. In a free society, these freedoms MUST be upheld. It is the main purpose of why I continue to blog. It is my right, my own personal freedom of expression.


10 comments:

JDHURF said...

Firstly, I must wish you a happy vacation, have fun!

Secondly, thank you for posting this video of Hitchens regarding free-speech. Hitchens has long been a staunch and consistent defender of free-speech - a very adept defender at that - and it is a sheer pleasure to not only read, but, to listen and watch him in his defense thereof, fantastic!

Andrea said...

Didn't watch the video yet, just wanted to wish you a fun vacation. Tell us how it went when you get back!

CyberKitten said...

Just tried to watch it - unfortunately it's "No longer available" - So much for Free Speech!

beepbeepitsme said...

RE: "Free speech should be upheld for ALL people whether we agree with what is being said, or not. People also have the right to hear what we have to say, or to choose not to read or listen. In a free society, these freedoms MUST be upheld."

I couldn't agree more. Even though it also means that people like the Phelps Family get to sprout their drivel.

Tone said...

Gotta love Hitchens. Happy Vacation!

remy said...

cyberkitten,

The video and others from the panel dicscussion are on youtube.

Also try searching TVO. It's a Canadian TV show. Go to Big Ideas.

CyberKitten said...

Thanks Remy I'll try that.

Stardust said...

Hi ya'll, I'm still on vacation, but found a computer to use. I fixed the video link. How long it will say up on YouTube is anyone's guess.

Thanks for coming by and commenting. I will be back in a few days!

Tommy said...

I knew you couldn't resist checking in Star!

Jim Jordan said...

An excellent talk by Hitchens, and timely in light of the calls to get Bill Maher fired and the firing of Don Imus. Good find.