Snippet of a classroom discussion at Al Quds University on chapter 2 of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, “Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion.”
Khawaja: So are there any topics that are taboo in Palestinian society, that people refuse to discuss?
Student: Yes, but there really shouldn’t be such topics. We should be able to discuss anything.
Khawaja: I see. But unfortunately, there are such topics?
Student: Yes, there are, like homosexuality and gay rights. These are topics that need discussion, but in our society, people act as though they can’t be discussed.
Khawaja: So what would you want to say on that topic?
Student: I’d prefer not to discuss it.