Daily Awesome: John Stuart Mill
I try not to hate many things, but I hate suppression of speech. Aside from the very rare necessary exception in the interest of personal safety, it is a human right I believe to be as close to absolute as it gets.
Here is a wonderful quote from John Stuart Mill as cited by Ibn Warraq in his introduction to the book, Why I Am Not a Muslim.
But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion; still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error…. We can never be sure that the opinion that we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinoin; and if we were, stifling would be an evil still.
– John Stuart Mill