To say that freedom of speech and expression should be curtailed lest it offend or hurt the sentiments of people or some people implicitly accepts a ludicrous postulate: that all facts and truths that mankind ought to know have been known, and any new expositions would merely distort truths. One need not be a philosopher to say that the postulate is not only ludicrous but also smacks of hubris and complacency.
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