Originally posted by TrueBrit
.... the right to freedom of speech comes with a huge responsibility, as do many of the more fundamental human rights. In this specific instance, the
people who decided to publish this material have failed to uphold thier responsibilites, despite thier obvious willingness to use thier rights. In my
opinion, the right to free speech cannot be seperated from the responsibility one carries to be sensible, respectful, and decent in what one says.
They are like the opposing ends of a magnet, ying and yang, bread and butter.
Bravo, well said. This is what has been itching at me in all these discussions on this subject, in which the "right" to do this is repeatedly
proclaimed. There are many things we have the "right" to do- that is sort of seperate from whether or not they are the "right" things to do
We have the right to not say thank you or please to each other. Yet we teach our kids it is the right thing to do and expect it from them, and each
It is not because I say this film (and now, this journal cover) is in bad taste and is lacking in tact that I am ALSO saying it should be made illegal
to do so.
I have never been able to understand people who do things just because it is forbidden, or to prove that they can.
If you are doing that, you are just as manipulated as those that ony do what they are told to do- either way, it is what is dictated that determines
All you have to do to manipulate such "rebels" is to tell them not to do everything you want them to do.
If that magazine wanted to make some points about free speech, they could have done it at any time, but it didn't. It chose this moment, when it was
guaranteed to cause uproar (and publicity). It's just opportunistic. Which is LEGAL, yes, we have the RIGHT, but to me it isn't the right thing to
Do I think it should therefore be made illegal? No. It means I will not invest and encourage it. I will not buy that journal, not today, not in the
future. I will not watch that stupid film and will not speak of it around me, giving it publicity.
But I certainly won't pretend that it was a fine thing to do, just because I am a supporter of free speech!
I will exercise my responsibility as a free speaker.
edit on 19-9-2012 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)