Member Rara Avis
But it is difficult to argue even from a Biblical standpoint that people have fundamental rights apart from the declaration of a lawgiver (or Lawgiver).
My argument isn't Biblical, guys, but simply pragmatic.
China has no such laws guarding free speech and, indeed, has been well known to suppress free speech at every turn. What is to stop you, however, from flying into Beijing, crawling up onto a handy soap box, and denouncing their government to anyone willing to listen?
Free speech is a fundamental right. As long as you live, no one can take that freedom away from you without your cooperation. All they can ever do is make the price of exercising that freedom higher than you are willing to pay. The choice is still, and always, yours to make.
The only difference between America and China is that we try alleviate (never eliminate) the cost. We try to make it easier (never easy) to exercise the right of free speech. We acknowledge the right, we don't create it.