Free enquiry is important to me. I believe that people have a right to air their views. I do not wish to live in a society where the state can accuse you of thought crime and silence you. Who gets to decide what ideas constitute thought crime or for that matter who has committed thought crime? I suggest that we should not allow the state to decide. We must uphold freedom of speech without exception, but let us add the proviso that in those cases where one is in fact inciting to violence, while one is free to do so, one must be held at least partly responsible for the consequences. If an idea is bad, expose it to criticism so that its flaws can be found and displayed openly. Everyone should have the right to present their views in the public forum where they can be analyzed and rebutted by intelligent argument. We must be free to criticize ideas. And those who are the subjects of criticism should be allowed to answer criticism. If we find the answers insufficient, we should attempt to demonstrate this. At the end of the day, if some ideas prove to be flawed, we will have the satisfaction of knowing why they are flawed. If some ideas prove to be sound, we can acknowledge that as well. It's an edifying process. In theory, ideas can and should be tested against logic and empirical data where available. This is preferable to simply silencing people by locking them up, the method preferred by theocracies among others. We have made phenomenal progress. Let us not lose the principles that have made progress possible.