Civility vs. Free speech

2011-02-21T23:12:00Z 2011-02-21T23:14:36Z Civility vs. Free speech Arizona Daily Star
February 21, 2011 11:12 pm

How can you promote civil discourse without stifling free speech?

"The First Amendment is a legal issue which we should not trample on. The First Amendment is where we decide how robust free speech should be.

This is a political issue, as to whether there are political rewards or punishment for bad behavior.

Two very different things.

We would never presume for a second to restrict free speech. What we just simply want to do is change the political reward for more responsible, centrist speech where people are benefited by more support, by reaching across the aisle, by trying to find civil dialogue, and people are politically ostracized or punished by being extremist."

Fred DuVal

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