posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 11:04 AM
This is a long thread and I have only gotten about four pages in so far, so pardon me if I'm repeating a point that has already been made...
But for those of you objecting to free speech being used to incite people to do anything, and want to see it curtailed when "incitement" is an
obvious purpose of the speech, please keep in mind that the 1st Amendment was framed by founders who valued and used their freedom of speech to INCITE
the populous to overthrow tyranny. By violent means, if necessary.
Cut to modern times and we have been conditioned by political correctness and police state tactics like NDAA to actually fear speech freely expressed,
if it clashes with what we've been long conditioned to accept as limits and parameters to it. Those who run the show and benefit from the status quo
have been conditioning us away from the very principles and mindset that founded and built the United States of America and made it a beacon of
freedom once upon a time (yeah, I know, except for Native Americans and African slaves...every ideal has its flaws in the real world).
As a multiracial person with a varied religious background I am very offended by all kinds of speech that have been directed toward me over the years.
But I defend even that which offends me as a constitutional right. It's good manners and civility and responsible exercise of my rights that temper
my own speech toward others. But I accept no law that attempts to restrict my first amendment rights.
We have laws against assaulting and harassing people. We have a plethora of laws mitigating all sorts of unpleasant and undesirable behavior like
libel and slander, to name but a few. They should suffice. I don't care if the some nutty group hands me pamphlets telling me to kill the gays or
whatever. I am an adult with free will and an understanding that assault and murder are crimes. It is my personal responsibility to make a wise
choice in my actions or pay the consequence. I don't need a nanny state thought policing the heck out of everyone so I won't get exposed to ideas
encouraging me to do stupid hateful illegal things.
All this talk about hate laws and hate speech is just some crazy end run around the First Amendment.