People in history fought for centuries to establish Basic Human Rights which we take for granted today. Nevertheless, it will surprise you when I tell you that one basic right is in danger of dwindling: Freedom of Speech.
Although we live in a very developed country with democracy, where everybody is allowed to give their opinion on things and won´t be punished with death penalty, it is not accepted in our society when you honestly express your thoughts. In the United States some universities banned some ´offensive´ words in order to prevent people from being hurt, especially when lots of different cultures and religious people have to spend time with each other. Educational facilities also set up a point (only one, with about a size of one square) where you are allowed to speak to people and voice your opinion. Isn´t is sad, that students are not allowed to be honest on every square meter at the campus? Additionally they have to play by the rules by not using ridiculous expressions like ´crazy‘ or ´insane´.
Those words do not seem very offending to me but that probably depends on the personality. Yeah, it is on the dice that everybody is offended by different things but how bout general topics. Like the topic nobody really wants to give a statement on, except some daring comedians: religion. Should that personal and very delicate topic religion get a weaver of freedom of speech? The thing is that some people do really take it very serious and their whole life depends on their belief and therefore I understand why they might be hurt when I´d tell them that there is no evidence for this or that god´s existence. Nevertheless, all words can hurt, and everybody should think before unnecessarily insulting people but everybody should at least have the chance to do so.
In my opinion Freedom of Speech should be taken literal. Everybody is allowed to say everything. No weavers. No Exceptions. Of course you should be prepared for people talking shit about things you care about and that is something everybody should be able to deal with. People cannot ban discrimination with violation of Basic Human Rights.
In Austria, a developed country with all Basic Human Rights including same right for women or equality for all people (under the motto `all people are created equal`), freedom of speech also did not come up short. Maybe it is easier because Austria, except for Vienna, is not comparable with the huge ethnic and religious differences people are confronted with in cities like the Big Apple. Here, everybody is allowed to say everything and there are no restrictions in schools or universities. Hopefully it stays like thisS