You may have read recently how thugs who apparently back the oppressive regime of President Bashar al-Assad in the Middle Eastern nation of Syria attacked a Syrian political cartoonist in the street and broke his hands to keep him from drawing cartoons critical of the regime. And you may recall a few years ago when a filmmaker was murdered by a radical Muslim in the Netherlands for having made a movie critical of Islam.
Of all the liberties we enjoy as Americans, none is more precious than our freedoms of speech, the press and religion. With few exceptions, we may peacefully speak our mind and worship as we see fit.
Yes, some Americans use those liberties irresponsibly, and that is much to be deplored.
But as we see from the attacks in other countries on people who simply express their views, the alternative to free speech is brutality and repression. That's no alternative at all.