Political correctness has been an issue in the past few years. Not only that you always have to pay attention if you might say something discriminable but also that the freedom of speech may vanish.
Always paying attention to what you say, trying to not offend anyone, trying to be political correct, is that still freedom of speech? The answer is simply no, as Larry Hunt once said “Freedom of speech does not protect speech you like; it protects speech you do not like” saying that even you don’t like the other opinion you have to respect it. But does that mean you are allowed to hold hate-speech or is there a point we should not pass?
If we should be able to say everything what is on our mind we should also be able to say something against a specific group of people eg a religion, gender, love interessts and so on, right? In real life this is sadly an Utopia, society does not tolerate it. Society says that if your opinion offends anybody, you have to keep it to yourself. In other words you have to be ‘political correct’ otherwise you must not tell anyone your opinion. But who decides what is political correct and what not?
Actually, society as a whole does. The problem is that everybody has a different view over a topic and thinks that different pronouncements or words are discriminable. All in all most people agree on terms that are a ‘No-Go’ and which not, however there are some words only an individual finds offending and here is the problem. Like Sir Winston Churchill once said “Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage”.
Concluding we can say that if freedom of speech should work there cannot be any terms forbidden because if we do so no improvements can be made, a part of the human rights won’t exist and neither a free society. Like in of of George Washingtons statements “If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
[Add.: For those who want to know how free speech is handled in Austria: As in every country there is not a 100% freedom of speech, but compared to other countries we can be pretty happy. You can say most things which are on your mind, however you still get a nasty look when you offend a specific group of people.]