posted on Jan, 13 2015 @ 07:43 AM
Ok, so recently on these forums I've noticed an upsurge of people calling out other groups for socially shamming intolerant people for expressing
their views. They are calling them out, saying that the intolerant person's freedom of speech is being restricted. This is incorrect. Freedom of
Speech as outlined in the Constitution is as such
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
If you notice, the FIRST word of the amendment is Congress. Congress makes laws. Therefore the First Amendment EXPLICITLY states that freedom of
speech restrictions ONLY apply to government restrictions. So a bunch of people calling Donald Stirling a racist and socially shaming him into not
expressing his views ISN'T a freedom of speech issue. The media socially shaming Muslim haters for stereotyping all Muslims as extremists ISN'T a
freedom of speech issue. A homophobe getting socially shamed into serving homosexuals at his business ISN'T a freedom of speech issue.
There are no if's, and's, or but's about this. You can't say, "Yes I understand that freedom of speech is about government restricting speech,
but...". No, there aren't any buts. Your conversation ends once you've admitted that freedom of speech is about government only. In FACT, social
shaming is itself a usage of free speech. The people have the right to socially shame someone else for saying something offensive. That person has
their own decision to make on if he wants to continue to exercise his free speech and say those things or shut up. Government may not be able to stop
you from talking, but society certainly can try. It's within their rights. Free speech doesn't come with protection from ALL repercussions to your
speech. THERE are ALWAYS consequences for your words and the government can only protect you from government consequences. That's all.
Personally, I thought all these things were obvious, but it looks like that isn't the case. With all the accusations of freedom of speech violations
being flung around. It appears that everyone has forgotten what that phrase ACTUALLY means and it has become more of a buzzword(phrase) for when you
are upset that another group is telling you not to say something (usually offensive). ATS, we are above this. Deny ignorance please.