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Megyn Kelly Explodes on 'Confused & Wrong' Guest Over Muhammad Cartoons: 'This Is Protected Speech!

"The more offensive the speech is, the more protection it needs! That's how the First Amendment works!"

Fox News host Megyn Kelly unleashed on a guest Tuesday night over Sunday's controversial "draw Muhammad" event in Texas that resulted in two individuals who opened fire outside the venue being fatally shot by police.

Kelly said the relevant question wasn't whether the organizers "said something offensive," but "what do we want to do about a group that wants to kill us?"

Guest Richard Fowler disagreed and said the group was irresponsible for hosting the event.

"So we in this country need to limit our constitutional rights, we have to limit our free speech, lest we invite attack?" Kelly asked. "That's the way we need to be looking at this?"

"Freedom of speech comes with limits," Fowler said. "And this is a clear limit."

"No it isn't!" Kelly shot back. "You're totally wrong."

Fowler claimed that the event held was similar to an individual yelling "fire" in a crowded movie theater. Kelly adamantly disagreed, citing case law in her effort to show that he was "fundamentally confused and wrong."

[sharequote align="right"]"The more offensive the speech is, the more protection it needs! That's how the First Amendment works!"[/sharequote]

"This is not about case law. This is about common sense," Fowler countered.

"You said the limits of free speech end and that this is akin to yelling 'fire' in a crowded movie theater which is not protected speech — and I am telling you, this is protected speech!" Kelly fired back.

Fowler dismissed Kelly's argument, saying the event didn't make any sense and was offensive.

"Why would you show up at funerals of dead soldiers?" Kelly asked, in her effort to argue that the message of the group was not relevant to whether it was protected free speech.

"I'm not condoning the Westboro Baptist Church," Fowler responded.

"The speech! The more offensive the speech is, the more protection it needs! That's how the First Amendment works!" a visibly frustrated Kelly countered. "You can defend the First Amendment right to say it without aligning yourselves with the message!"

The segment concluded shortly after with neither Kelly or Fowler coming to any sort of agreement.

"Wow. Richard, I am concerned about the America you would have us live in," Kelly said.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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