40% of Millennials OK with losing free speech

40% of Millennials OK with losing free speech

[Ed. – This is an exactly accurate headline.  You can’t pick and choose on this matter and still have freedom of speech.  If you’re willing to compromise freedom of speech on one subject, then we already know what you are; we’re just haggling over the price.  The principle of free speech must be inviolate, or it does not protect anything.

[In the emphasized passage, note that the propositions in the two clauses of the sentence are not the same thing.  To say that government should not prohibit speech that’s offensive to minorities is not to say that such speech is OK.  It’s only to say that government should not have the power to prohibit it.]

American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe.

We asked whether people believe that citizens should be able to make public statements that are offensive to minority groups, or whether the government should be able to prevent people from saying these things. Four-in-ten Millennials say the government should be able to prevent people publicly making statements that are offensive to minority groups, while 58% said such speech is OK.

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