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Originally posted by TasteTheMagick
If I shoot you, I have attacked you.
If I say some unpleasant words, I have not.
I never said that people should go around raping and doing things like that. I said that people should be able to express their opinions. And thankfully, our CONSTITUTION says that we can. It gives us the freedom to say whatever we want no matter WHO disagrees with us.
It's people like YOU that make me more proud to be living in America than I have ever been.
Originally posted by MCoG1980
Try telling that to some poor kid at school who daren't go back because his life is made a misery through verbal jokes. Some people even consider or even commit suicide because of this.
Originally posted by MCoG1980
I'd hate to live in a school run by anyone who can excuse bullying in the way that you have just tried to.
Teacher: Why do you have slash marks on your arm
Pupil: i dont feel worthy of this world, i am fat an ugly and all the other kids contantly tell me so.
Teacher: Grow up and stop being immature, get a life, words don't harm you, do they leave bruises do they.
Effects of Name-Calling
Any negative label or insult has the potential to hurt a child's feelings. Children who are frequently insulted by their siblings often remember the experience with pain even in adulthood. Children who have been insulted by their parents (i.e. being called "stupid," "careless," "sloppy," bad" etc.) also often remember the pain throughout adulthood.
However, remembered pain is not the worse consequence of name-calling. Far worse is the impact name-calling can have on personality development. Even fully grown adults who are subjected to regular insults (verbal abuse) are eventually affected by it: they come to feel less adequate, less competent and less loveable the more they experience being insulted. This effect is much much more powerful in childhood when a youngster's sense of self is not yet fully formed. At this point, being called names can leave the child truly believing that he or she is damaged, worthless, useless, bad and defective, as well as unlovable. Once a child entertains such notions about him/herself, the child tends to act in ways that are consistent with that poor self-image. So a child who is regularly called "stupid" for example, comes to believe that he can't do things like other people and then he stops trying to succeed. The label can be crippling. Of course the negative labels used regularly by parents tend to be much more damaging than those used only by siblings, but the effects of sibling-abuse must not be underestimated.
Heather was introduced as the life-long best friend of Shirley Carter, who loves cheese and karaoke and is a fan of George Michael. She lived with her controlling mother Queenie until she moved in with Shirley. Her parents' marriage broke down when she was young, and Queenie told her that her father had left because he couldn't stand living with Heather. Heather grew up being mentally abused by her mother, who called her "Pig".
You can disagree all you like. That's the beauty of free speech.
People should be able to say whatever they want.
Originally posted by GENERAL EYES
When Freedom of Speech becomes an excuse to be a bigoted ass - I have to step back and think about the greater good of the Nation as a whole.