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Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend

Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend

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Heralding the First Amendment, proponents of free speech champion the right to expression unencumbered by government intervention. But is freedom of expression absolute and limitless?  Should we be free to use words with the intention to harm?  Should some words remain unspoken, or does this mind-set lead us to the path of censorship? 

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    • Editor of the Paris Review and a long-time staff writer for the New Yorker
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    • British author, journalist, literary critic and public intellectual who is often described as a “contrarian"
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    • Editorial Cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News
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    • Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London
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    • Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement
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    • Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and an activist scholar who brings in the outsiders’ perspective
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