Hitchens does one of the best jobs I’ve ever come across of explaining why freedom of speech is so important.
There is a profound difference between having to agree with somebody’s opinions, and everybody having the right to their own opinions, and the right to voice those views.
This speech is from a debate at Hart House, University of Toronto. Christopher Hitchens’ speech is in favor of decriminalizing hate speech, and why that free speech must include hate speech. The debate (and lecture by Hitchens), which included members from Canada’s government, was a bill, then in discussions, regarding the decriminalization of hate speech, insofar as it is protected speech irrespective of its reprehensibility.