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With all the rhetoric here and in our society in general, it seems to me as if there are those that think there is "fine print", so to speak, when talking about freedom of speech.

What do think it really means? Does it mean a person should only have a voice if they agree with your or MOST peoples opinions? Do you think someone who has so called "backward beliefs" racists, religious nuts etc. should have no voice ?
_______________________ "Morality cannot be legislated but behaviour can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart but they can restrain the heartless." Martin Luther King.
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Freedom of speech means you have a right to say what you think even it not like by those who hear it.

The 'Fire!!' example is about consideration for effect. The people who hear 'Fire!!' certainly appreciate it.

But what is the reasonable way to tell people in a crowd room there is a fire?

This admonition or 'responsible speech' is always throw at us when we expose the wrong behavior of others against us.

Freedom of speech is what this board is based on.

Surely, you know those who don't like us, and wish us harm, monitor us.

Some even join.

PEACE

Jim Chester
IMO, Freedom of Speech is certainly dependent on conforming to popular opinion or who is currently in a position of power. These things form our thoughts on what is "harmful/inciteful/provocative." I'm always reminded of the teenage girl who had her website shut down because she posted a prayer wishing Bush was dead (no plans, no means of carrying it out, nothing even addressed to him personally mind you). "Freedom of Speech" is an illusion. It's the freedom to regurgitate what others have said and are saying with your own very slight twist. Anything else is dangerous/moronic/undeserving of thought or consideration/counter-productive/etc and will be vigilantly attacked and suppressed.
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Originally posted by Frenchy:
...Anything else is dangerous/moronic/undeserving of thought or consideration/counter-productive/etc and will be vigilantly attacked and suppressed.


Along the same vein, there's a new political correctness entails espousing unquestioning repetition of pro-America myths, pro-war, pro-torture (or at a minimum apathy and willful ignorance). A Das Boot will come along eventually, but for now...

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