Thursday, February 19 at 7:30pm
Friends Meeting House (Committee Room)
Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW
Now seems an appropriate time for us to discuss Humanist attitudes towards freedom of expression. We don’t have a guest speaker, so it will be an open discussion. It's always useful to question and challenge our own views and assumptions about issues like this. It will also help us to sharpen the arguments we are bound to be having over the coming weeks, months and years.
Here are some questions that it may be helpful for us all to consider in preparation for the discussion:
Should there be ANY restrictions on free speech?
If so what, why and who decides these limits?
Why is freedom of expression necessary?
What are the dangers of restricting it? Perhaps consider historical examples.
Why do people (even non-believers) seem to think that religious beliefs deserve greater protection than political views or other personal opinions?
Is it valid to offend people just because we can?
Would the world be a better place if we just chose not to offend each other?
Should Humanists set an example by not offending other humans if at all possible?
What is the best way to defend freedom of expression in the world today?
It promises to be a very lively discussion. Please try to come along.