Free speech

The west – particularly the yanks, are always banging on about free speech.

Why is it that free speech only applies when “freely” discussing certain things?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/20/3248665.htm

Why when extremists (and they are extremists) decide that something offends them, can it not be discussed? Isn’t that  most sane people’s issue with religion ? That discussion on the topic is closed down because its not allowed…. because its just not…. because we may offend someone who believes in a fiary tale and thinks they deserve tax free status because of it ?

Society can never evolve while topics remain off the table for discussion….