1. Support is Not Agreement
Just because someone supports a persons right to express their opinions does not mean that they support their views. This includes speech which one might find offensive. I dont care what a person has to say as long as they aren't calling for violence. This excuse is the most common one that anti free speech people use, Especially the likes of Antifa. Basically if you're in favor of freedom of speech, you support speech you dont like, if you dont support speech you dont like than you are not in support of freedom of speech.
2. Criticism is NOT Anti-Free Speech.
Believe it or not a person can disagree with you, and it doesn't hurt you. There is nothing wrong with disagreement. A lot of the left are absolutists. They believe that disagreement equates to racism, and hate speech. Disagreement, and debate are our basic tools for learning. Some people on here and in the world would do well to understand that. Sadly there are too many people on both sides of the fence that have the belief that "you better believe what i believe or you're literally Hitler."
3. You Just Want Freedom From Consequences
This is one which is a gross misinterpretation of the reality of free speech. Speech no matter what you say, carries consequences. Should there be legal consequences for racism... Sexism... Homophobia? No, but you are not free from suffering social consequences from harboring such beliefs. Some places (Cough Cough the UK) have actual laws against offensive speech.. The issue with that is Offense is purely subjective. Whats offensive to you, or to me might not be offensive to some random person, so who gets to decide whats offensive.. No one should have the right to make that kind of judgement, Especially when political bias is involved.
4. The BUT
When a person says "I'm in favor of free speech but..." Stop right there, You either are, or you aren't, There is no grey area..
5. Mr. Fascist, Please Save Me From The Fascists
This one is a head scratcher. You have people on the far left claiming anything right of what they are, are fascists, and they demand laws and safe spaces to protect them against fascism.. Basically they want more fascism to combat what they see as fascism.. Its incredibly stupid. You can't have it both ways.. you cannot fight fascism with fascism.. it simply does not work like that. Going around calling to ban things you dont like is literally fascism..
6. Oh Irony
More of the same as number 5.. They want government to have full control over our speech so they can make laws preventing fascism.. Allowing our government to control our speech is the definition of fascism..
7. The Victim 180
When someone is obviously against free speech, and their rules get used against them they come out and beg for help from those of us that are for freedom of speech.. You made your own bed..
8. You Have The Right To Remain Offended
One of the stupidest arguments i have ever heard was one coined by a famous journalist when talking to Jordan Peterson. She said "Why should your right to free speech trump a trans persons right to not be offended" The thing is Offense is never given, only taken, You have the right to choose not to be offended, but you do not have the right to tell someone what they can and cannot say. Freedom of speech exists specifically to protect offensive speech. Our founding fathers understood that. Its time people are reminded of that. Bottom line is this... There is no such thing as the right to not be offended.
9. The Empty Room Fallacy
Another idiotic one.. Say you're in a country where freedom of speech does not exist.. Which is literally every single nation but the US. And say you can't say X Y or Z in public because its banned, but you can say it in an empty room, that some how means that you have freedom of speech. Complete nonsense.. Basically extreme leftists, antifa, and feminists that use this argument dont understand what freedom of speech actually is. Which is the freedom to communicate in what ever manor you wish, what ever information you wish.
10. Private Companies Can Do What They Want
This one is actually true.. No matter how wrong it is, private companies can remove speech they deem offensive. Freedom of speech applies to public, and government control. A police officer cannot arrest you for offensive speech, but if you say something on a company web site like Twitter, or Facebook, or even here on GAG, they have the right to remove what you say, and even ban you. It doesn't make it right, but its true. The issue i have with it honestly, is the fact that when these policies are applied, they are rarely applied in a fair, and just manor, its usually used to silence disagreement. Its used in a hypocritical way.