Let freedom ring

Charon QC today discusses the rights and wrongs of David Irving and Nick Griffin being invited to speak at the Oxford University Union. I agree with Charon that they should. So long as nothing they say constitutes a criminal offence, I don't care if they may be taking advantage of the right to free speech to propagate their extreme views (although I hope our intelligentsia will give them a hard time). I would far rather we have that right than not, and denying them the right erodes the right.

I am glad, for example, that I do not live in a country like Sudan, where the BBC reports today that a British school teacher has been arrested, absurdly accused of insulting Islam's Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear 'Muhammad'.

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