Truly, freedom of speech, although guaranteed by most states, appears to be confined to the papers that the words are written on. Its detractors might suggest that there is a limit to what one can express, and that it should not needlessly malign a person or a community. This may be so, but if one wants to retaliate, one can do so by coming up with a counter-point that challenges the original notion. Instead, what the bigots usually resort to is violence, intimidation, banning and killing; and in theocratic and fundamental societies they are allowed a free run. That is the real lajja.