Free Speech

ADL passionately defends free speech in America. We recognize that the First Amendment protects even hateful or offensive speech, and we believe that the best answer to hate speech is not censorship, but more speech.

The challenge we face today is that people are using their free speech rights in both the real and virtual worlds to propagate hate, and civility and respect are under assault.  We see this trend on college campuses, in cyberspace, and in other arenas. 

In response, one of ADL’s priorities is to promote counterspeech, truth, and respectful dialogue without undermining free speech rights.