posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 02:16 PM
Originally posted by Hydroman
Just because we have freedom of speech, doesn't mean everyone has to agree with what is said. So, being that HWj said what he did, ESPN probably no
longer wants to be associated with that, and is showing everyone else that they don't agree with what was said.
Because I have freedom of speech, I shouldn't walk up to my employer and say, "**** you ***hole!" It might get me canned too.
7-10-2011 by Hydroman because: (no reason given)
I see your "Just because we have freedom of speech, doesn't mean everyone has to agree with what is said." and raise you a "Just because you
don't agree with what someone said doesn't mean you can fire them!!"
Free speech implies NO PERSECUTION for what was said and getting fired is pretty much a form of punishment this punishment is "negative
reinforcement" against personal beliefs opinions expressed through free speech. THIS IS THE REASON they had to make it a constitutional amendment
protecting that right because otherwise people with power would punish and fire people until they all think, believe and behave in ONE WAY...diversity
of opinions would be gone...
A business owner shouldn't be able to control what their employees say/believe especially if what was said was off the clock so to speak. If they can
then they are more then a business owner...they are a social/culture owner as well...and that S*** aint for sell...
Having said that, people need to recognize individual responsibility and the words from an employee should in no way reflect his employer and the
business they are running negatively. Because it does businesses are inclined to cut ties with "free-speech" to save their interests...and this is
where people who boycott businesses because an employee of said business said something they don't like, shove their own feet in their mouths....
Its not right and ill prove it to you.
Firing someone because they said something controversial is in essence belief discrimination. You are discriminating against that employee because of
what they said...
Its no different than years ago firing someone because you found out they were "gay" or not hiring them all together because they were
black...Because at the time having those "types of people" as employees reflected badly on your business...
It's not just the businesses fault...its societies fault. Just as back in the 50's society guided business to discriminate against black
workers....its societies fault today to discriminate against someones personal right to their beliefs/opinions.
If we are every to have a truly FREE culture where people can TRULY speak as they wish without the fear of negative reinforcement we need to let get
rid of the social consequences. The social consequences we are all conditioned with are what makes it possible for people with power to guide/create
the status quo and social engineer the masses into stoning anyone who "thinks TOO differently"...