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In the United States, hate speech is protected as a civil right (aside from usual exceptions to free speech, such as defamation, incitement to riot, and fighting words). Laws prohibiting hate speech are unconstitutional in the United States; the United States federal government and state governments are forbidden by the First Amendment of the Constitution from restricting speech.
Originally posted by watchitburn
Bear with me here, because it's about to get crazy.
I'm about to blow your mind.
Here it goes.
Originally posted by freemarketsocialist
But laws make a society. If people were allowed to spew hate whenever then it would cause conflict.
Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
Actually, we do have some rules against hate speech.
There are certain words you just can't say on TV, or you'll get fined, because it's wrong to offensive and people have a right to not be offended.
edit on 17-9-2012 by EvilSadamClone because: (no reason given)