Mark Steyn on Free Speech

As parliament looks to remove the right to silence it is perhaps appropriate to also look at the flip side to the right to silence, that is the right to free speech. Mark Steyn comments in?the?Australian.

Restrictions on freedom of speech undermine the foundations of justice, including the bedrock principle: equality before the law. When it comes to free expression, Britain, Canada, Australia, and Europe are ever less lands of laws and instead lands of men-and women, straights and gays, Muslims and infidels-whose rights before the law vary according to which combination of these various identity groups they belong to?

As John Milton wrote in his Areopagitica of 1644, ?Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.?

Or as an ordinary Canadian citizen said to me, after I testified in defense of free speech to the Ontario parliament at Queen?s Park, ?Give me the right to free speech, and I will use it to claim all my other rights.?

Conversely, if you let them take your right to free speech, how are you going to stop them from taking all the others?