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gluxford1 May 30th, 2018 2:52pm

"The First Amendment of the United States Constitution exists specifically to protect controversial speech (including hate speech & racist jokes) because non-controversial speech needs no protection."

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Constitutionist Southern Illinois
06/02/18 10:00 pm

In a way yes, it was meant so that we could combat a tyrannical government from taking away those rights.

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ladyniner81 I hate people
05/31/18 6:27 am

Then why did Trumplicans get all flustered when Michelle Wolf did her thing at the White House dinner?

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lj74
05/30/18 3:13 pm

Agreed. Unfortunately today all speech is apparently controversial to someone.

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NDAmerican WV Escapee
05/30/18 11:01 am

Only from the government.

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commonman1 Peace
05/30/18 11:24 am

Correct answer. It doesn't protect you from the repercussions of your actions. Example call a woman a cunt and you'll find a purse upside your head and a high heal in your crouch.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
05/30/18 10:39 am

I agree BUT (Isnt there always a but) there is no such thing as hate speech. It is a made up term. AFAIK the only speech that is prohibited is speech directing people to commit violence.

Never associate with XXXXXs=ok
I hate all XXXXXs=ok
God hates all XXXXXs=ok
I wish a plague would kill all XXXXXSs=OK
Go out and murder all XXXXXs...slaughter their children...rid the earth of them forever...wipe them out=NOT OK

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shygal47 Florida east coast
05/30/18 9:40 am

ME!
I do not believe it protects hate speech or any rhetoric intended to incite violence.
The FF weren’t aware of the danger of instant social media - they assumed that by the time someone was done ranting on paper they would have calmed down and thought better of sending their missive.
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Robert97206 Portland Oregon
05/30/18 9:49 am

Well it deffently covers hate speech, and it surely doesnt cover calls to action.

shygal47 Florida east coast
05/30/18 9:59 am

But SCOTUS stated years ago that one cannot tell FIRE in a crowded theatre, so obviously lines ARE able to be drawn at some point about what acceptable or unacceptable speech.
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Robert97206 Portland Oregon
05/30/18 11:31 am

No not necessarily the phrase free speech is a simple phrase that encompasses a lot more. a call to action is not speech.

Robert97206 Portland Oregon
05/30/18 11:33 am

It is completely legal to yell fire in a crowded theater if they're literally is a fire.

A call to action is something said that warrants an action.

shygal47 Florida east coast
05/30/18 3:16 pm

Well, I don’t know about you but if I hear FIRE I’m moved to action - immediately.

shygal47 Florida east coast
05/30/18 3:51 pm

You are being circuitous.

TheUbermensch
05/31/18 8:36 am

How will restricting speech help anyone.

DanielWebb
05/30/18 8:17 am

Yes, the first amendment provides protection from government censorship, but not from all consequences. For example, I have the right to use profane and racist language, and my employer has the right to fire me if my offensive language harms their businesses.

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PyroSadist like my comments follow
05/30/18 10:41 am

And I dont even think they have to prove that it could/would/or has affected their business.

Jazzy5 USA
05/30/18 8:13 am

It allows it, however, businesses will handle “ free” speech as they feel financially prudent.

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gluxford1 Arizona
05/30/18 8:09 am

Same here. And thanks for the share!

gluxford1 Arizona
05/30/18 7:54 am

I heard this statement somewhere before and I remember thinking it was a very good point. I couldn't agree with it more.

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gluxford1 Arizona
05/30/18 7:55 am

Question for iPad users: "The First Amendment of the United States Constitution exists specifically to protect controversial speech (including hate speech & racist jokes) because non-controversial speech needs no protection."

Answer 1- I agree
Answer 2- I disagree

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