So there has been a lot of discussion here lately about whether hate speech and bigotry/intolerance should be allowed free reign under the principle of "free speech". So I created this topic to discuss the issue in general, and not just about how it's dealt with on the 'D. First, have some quotes, because these people say things so much better than I could: Milton has this to say about free speech: There's also Evelyn Hall's paraphrasing of Voltaire: Benjamin Franklin, though generally on the side of free speech, has this to say about freedom of the press: Franklin's point, I think, should apply only to libel/slander, and then only very cautiously. I don't think it should apply to hate speech, bigotry, or intolerance. This is because, while I think Milton is a bit of an optimist in his quote, I still agree in general with Hall/Voltaire. Deciding which speech is and isn't ok is a very slippery slope, and I am therefore quite against censorship by the government. Now, I have a different policy when it comes to private associations/ organizations, since I think that private groups should be able to restrict what speech is expressed inside the group. This applies, in my opinion, to RPGs (and to the 'D). When I was an admin of an RPG, I felt perfectly within my rights to restrict explicit content, disrespect towards other members, god-modding/power playing, discussion of certain topics, etc., just as you as a member had the right to decide whether or not to be a part of my board. So...what do you think? When and where (if ever) should free speech be restricted in favor of protecting people against hate speech and the like? And if you disallow hate speech/discrimination on your board, where do you draw that line between discrimination and simply expressing a different opinion?