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Originally posted by bigbert81
reply to post by ezziboo
First, chill. I was just making a point in the regards that the way you are thinking, (and trust me, you're definitely NOT alone), is the way people think when they take away your freedoms.
Look at the FCC for example.
The problem is that you let your own personal feelings and offenses take over instead of looking at to why this country is SUPPOSED to be great in the first place.
What good is being proud of your country if they strip the rights that founded this nation because you offended someone?
[edit on 5/26/2008 by bigbert81]
Originally posted by Sestias
Ordinarily I would say err on the side of freedom when free speech is involved. However, freedom of speech ends when you enter a private space such as a church or funeral home. If someone disrupts a Sunday service, for example, the police can legitimately be called. The same would apply to a funeral. The sidewalk outside a church or funeral home could be called public space, so that might be more controversial. The same goes for a private cemetery--a public one would be more problematic. A legal precedent was set when it was ruled that anti-abortion activists have to stay a certain distance from the entrance to an abortion clinic. Given this precedent, it would not be a stretch for a court to rule that funeral protesters have to maintain a certain distance as well.
I do not support the "slippery slope" argument that if funeral protests were limited in what they can do or were prohibited outright that that would be the beginning of the end of our right to free speech. Common decency and good judgment should prevail. When they do not, people have to resort to the law.
[edit on 27-5-2008 by Sestias]