Proposal: Hate Speech needs to be protected

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  1. phlogistician Banned Banned

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  3. Cowboy My Aim Is True Valued Senior Member

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    No, I said that your right to freedom of speech ends when it starts violating the rights of others.
     
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  7. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    OK, so you are being vague. That doesn't make your point. What 'rights' to people have, when it comes to being spoken to?

    Are you saying that threats and intimidation are not OK?

    Are you saying that racial slurs are?

    Are you saying that it's OK for a group of people to follow an ethnic minority, homosexual, or emo kid, and make them feel frightened, by continuously haranguing them with insults?
     
  8. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    Because none of you has stated a clear position on what language is acceptable. Which words are OK to use, and when speech becomes intimidation. As too many hide behind the word 'free', I can only assume there is no limit to what people can say to each other in your eyes, no matter how offensive, or derogatory.
     
  9. Anarcho Union No Gods No Masters Registered Senior Member

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    Its as simple as this, free speech includes artist, moral, personal ect. expression. So if things such as racial slurs, insulting or taboo comments, or explict speech is restricted and censored, we are therfor censoring the very essence of free speech. Expression does not include physicaly attacking someone, but does give you the right to, on private property or by persmission, express what ever you want. Wether you want to express how much you hate a person, president, political beliefs, country, state, race, religion ect. is your right, and does not infringe on the rights of others, who may make the same statments and expressions towards you or your president, political beliefs, country, state, race, religion ect.
     
  10. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    And in public? Is it your right. under freedom of speech, to follow someone down the street, using racial slurs against them? For five people to do that to one person?
     
  11. Anarcho Union No Gods No Masters Registered Senior Member

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    As long as it does not become physicaly violent, yes. I don't believe that the government should own any public land, because the people are supposed to own the government. So, as a citizen of the US, the public area is equally mine as his/hers. So, as long as it is not physical, racial (or other) expression should be allowed
     
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    Same as how bands and political repersintives should have the right to express in the same manner when playing a gig, holding a political ralley, ect. on public property
     
  13. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    So threats of violence are OK in your mind, as long as it doesn't escalate to violence?

    How does the person being abused, know it isn't going to escalate, and not to be fearful? Especially if outnumbered?
     
  14. Anarcho Union No Gods No Masters Registered Senior Member

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    To be blunt, yes.
    Emoutions of one person is not the primary concern of another. Im quite sorry youre afraid, but thers nothing I can do about that
     
  15. Cowboy My Aim Is True Valued Senior Member

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    You don't have a right to threaten or intentionally intimidate others. There's an obvious difference between following someone around, threatening them, calling them names, etc. and just yelling an insult out the car window as you drive by.

    I don't think any word or phrase should be banned or punishable by law. But certain behaviors should be. Threatening people, stalking people, slandering people, shouldn't be (and generally aren't) considered "free speech".
     
  16. Cowboy My Aim Is True Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think any words should be on some government-sponsored "do not use" list. I believe that people have a right to not be threatened or harassed, but this doesn't mean they have a right to be shielded from comments or words they find offensive.

    I think that most rational people would agree that following someone all over town, calling them names and threatening to kick their ass crosses the line from simple speech to stalking/harassment/whatever. On the other hand, yelling "Fuck you, honkey!" out a car window while driving by may be rude, hurtful and asshole-like, but there isn't anything inherently threatening about it.
     
  17. sifreak21 Valued Senior Member

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    freedom of speach is a joke we dont have it now and probably never will
     
  18. Anarcho Union No Gods No Masters Registered Senior Member

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    the fact you can say that without me going freedom of speach is a wonderful thing. we have it now and always will under our government. GOD BLESS AMERICA shows some freedom of speech
     
  19. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    :cheers: I also suport people who are afrad of free-speech to use ther free-speech to preech agans free-speech.!!!
     
  20. sifreak21 Valued Senior Member

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    go to target or any electronics store buy a video camera. have a friend tape you go up to a cop and say. "in my opinion your a fucking douschbag, instead of sitting there trying to catch people speeding do something useful. there are tons of murders robberies and rape going on and your sitting here.

    after that when your friend posts bail for your then post the video on here..

    OHH on top of that tell someone that tell someone as a joke you want to murder the president you will be in jail before ent gets out of your mouth. yet we still have free speech right?
     
  21. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    OK, so we are on the same page, but you should see, that by agreeing there are limits, such as not supporting threats and intimidation, we have dispensed with the fallacious notion of 'free' speech, and are now merely debating where we draw the line on the limitations of speech.

    We now just have to agree what constitutes harassment and intimidation.
     
  22. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    Oh dear, when you start to say things like 'I'm sorry youre (sic) afraid' it's clear you do not understand what's being said.

    I am arguing a hypothetical to underline the fault in your logic.
     
  23. Anarcho Union No Gods No Masters Registered Senior Member

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    explain how i dont understand
     
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