Sen. Graham supporting free speech restrictions

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) / File

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is drawing national attention stemming from controversial comments he made this weekend seemingly calling on Congress to impose limits on free speech.

Graham said on CBS Face the Nation Sunday that the need to protect U.S. servicemembers overseas may justify limiting of political speech at home.

"I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable," said Graham. "Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war. During World War II you had limits on what you could do if it inspired the enemy."

Graham's comments follow the burning of a Quran by Florida pastor Terry Jones, who said he organized the burning to "stir the pot." The burning of the Islam holy book sparked rioting in Afghanistan, where at least seven people had been killed over the weekend as protests erupted again Monday for the fourth straight day.

Graham's comments about limiting free speech to discourage violent protests were quickly picked up by multiple national media outlets including Politico, Mediaite and The Atlantic.

Midlands residents also talking about Graham on Monday.

"I would have to say this is probably one of the things that I agree with Sen. Graham on because there is a difference between hate speech and free speech," says Carla Trumper of Columbia.

"We have our own identities, so you should definitely be able to say whatever you want," adds Columbia resident Christopher Crosby.

What do you think about Senator Graham's comments? Is limiting free expression sometimes justified to protest U.S. troops overseas, or is the Senator's oath to preserve and protect the Constitution more important? Please leave your comments below.

Watch Sen. Graham's comments on CBS Face the Nation.