Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 – it’s an offence to stir up racial and religious hatred

Should we be allowed to be offensive? In the BBC magazine a philosopher and writer debates whether we should be allowed to be offensive in what we say so that there is still freedom of speech.

It’s quite a long and high brow article but worth reading to think about the debate on whether when someone says something offensive it’s better to ignore, turn the other cheek, or if when the offensive thing has some truth in it that becomes harder and people are more likely to cry “foul, stop saying that, you’re offending me!”.

John Stuart Mill, the famous philosopher said:

“If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”



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