posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 08:12 AM
I love freedom. I want to make that absolutely clear. The right to political freedom, to speak ones mind on matters of import, yes, I am all for
these. However, I also value politeness, decency, and respect for ones fellow human beings.
With every right comes a symbiotic responsibility. In this case, the right to speak freely, comes with a responsibility to ensure that your
statements, especially those you wish to publish, are fair, correct, unbiased, and justly made. Statements that fall outside of that description,
which the ones in question surely do, are not examples of freedom of speech, but are actually examples of rhetorical hate speech, which is not
supported by law, and is unsupportable in any sensible morality.
Allow me to give you an example. If I say that ALL politicians are lying, thieving, back stabbing traitors to the people of this isle, who, to a man,
interfere with children, smoke crack, beat thier wives, kick homeless people, and eat caviar and crap pound notes, that is hate speech.
If however, I provide a reasoned argument against the retention of the position of specific members of the cabinet, as well as some members of the
Whitehall elite, who have for years supported the slow errosion of our industries and utility provision, the better to control the population, while
offering evidence, citing various sources, and intending to better the nations understanding of the way power works in this country, that... is a fair
excersize of my freedom of speech.
Intentionally insulting and baseless hate speech has NEVER been acceptable, and is now illegal, and about bloody time too! It matters not one whit
wether the targets are part of an ethnic minority, or a religious minority, or indeed part of the wider population of the nation. Such attacks are not
covered, and should not be covered by the freedom of speech which is supposed to render all of us more able to interact with our nation and its
governance. Those freedoms are present in order to advance us as a nation, not to allow the worst amongst us a free outlet for opinions that lump them
together with Hitler and his cronies, by spewing nothing but piss and bile from thier mouths.