Rabbi Avi Weinstein

Free Speech vs. Ethical Speech

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm

The Framers of the Constitution never imagined the abuses of free speech on the internet. People defaming each other anonymously and spreading lies virally throughout the entire globe. The Torah views speech as profoundly and uniquely human which makes it a quality of the Divine.  Speaking is a sacred task and one that needs to be done with great care. Years ago, I created a faux Talmud page that examined the conflict that can emerge when one has no moral compulsion to temper his speech. The age old question is who needs to be protected from whom?

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