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originally posted by: AndyMayhew
No-one has a "right" to offend or rnot be offended.
But we do have a responsibilty not to deliberately and knowingly do/say something we know will cause offence, and a responsibilty to take comments that were not intended to be offensive in the manner in which they were intended.
Until humans understand the difference between rights and responsibilities they cannot be consider an intelligent species
There are NO rights. Only responsibilities.
Ridicule and mockery is a very effective means of fighting ridiculous and toxic beliefs like cults, creationsits, etc.
And it does offend, when you mock a religious figure, or a religious teaching, it does offend people. But eventually when they do realize how ridiculous what they believe is, the abandon it, at least some do.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
It doesn't matter what I feel.
My "feelings" are immaterial.
You are trying to find ways to justify censorship.
I'm trying to find ways to keep freedoms of expression, free.
originally posted by: daskakik
a reply to: Xenogears
Also a good way to end up dead.
I think the point was, if you do it's on you.
You can insult me all you want.... I don't care if you are an old man! You insult my wife in any manner; it's just something I will not tolerate. Words have consequences that you might not like.
The psychological dynamics of internet chat environments lends it self to depersonalization and fantasy
There is only answer to this that is because legsiatiing against people saying hurtfull things is just the start, the door has been unlocked. In the fullness of time, the door will get opended more and more unitl its completly flung open.
Does free speech mean we should be able to tell people reptilian shapeshifters have secretly taken over the planet, and the only defense is to buy 30 years of food dehydrated food?