posted on Nov, 30 2006 @ 04:06 PM
Very well put Vagabond.
And like Forestlady said, no one should use a derogatory term to another human being simply because it is bad taste. Hence why we frown upon it here
on ATS, and not just the N word, but the F word, the S word, the B word, D word, and any other derogatory word used to insult, punish, demean, hurt
and other wise tarnish another member of our community.
And while it is frowned upon on a private site, on the national level where the context of the law is no longer a rule of participation but the rights
of the individual it is free speech and cannot be punished. It is your right to insult, demean, tarnish and or destroy another member of society with
words, you are however to expect the returning consequences, but not from the law. Call some one a faggot and he might hit you, call a black man down
the street a N and I am sure you will have more then one problem on your hands.
It is not the governments place to intervene in our personal conversations or with our arguments. It simply is not what the government was created
for. While it may be mean, and no matter how much it pains you to have someone insult you.. you just can't run to a judge. And no one ESPECIALLY an
unelected official can BAN a word. In fact, even if he was a government official, even if he was a judge, even if he was the president of the United
States... he cannot create a blacklist of words that society can no longer use.