IT IS easy to say, “free speech.” It can be difficult to accept. Yet, accept it we must. The alternative is Stalinist Russia or, in more contemporary terms, Saudi Arabia, with its beheadings, hand-choppings and lashings for the exercise of freedom of speech in the field of religion.
Feel free to substitute for Saudi Arabia other Islamist regimes in which it is punishable by death to convert from Islam to another religion.
Even under the specter of Stalinist Russia and radical Islam, free speech can be difficult to accept. It means defending the purveyors of obscenity, of insults, of bad taste, of the lowest in human expression.