Free Speech Is The "Liberty Upon Which All Others Depend": Salman Rushdie
"There is no right not to be offended," he told the Yale audience. "It doesn’t trump freedom of speech. Read something else. See another movie. Leave the room." Further, he adds that freedom of speech is the "liberty upon which all other liberties depend." That doesn't mean that free speech should be malicious, however. In an interview on the Today show earlier this year he explained that the most important difference between hate speech and free speech is intent. There is a very real difference between contributing a serious piece of literature or art, and creating something simply for the purpose of being malicious. In his speeches, he often notes that it is up to the creator (author, musician, artist, etc.) to convey an honest and intriguing understanding of the world around us.