reply to post by charles1952
Just my thoughts...
Define hate speech. (Legal or informal?)
I mean, that's the only way it can be decided, right? If we're using the same definitions for words. Here is a place to start. If you have different
definitions, I'll be glad to hear them.
abomination - A thing that causes disgust or hatred.
hate speech - speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Let's take "abomination". Does homosexuality cause disgust or hatred? Not in me. But I know some feel it does. I think it all depends on how much
responsibility one takes for his/her own emotions and feelings.
For example, If I take 100% responsibility for my own feelings, I would say that homosexuality itself does not CAUSE feelings of disgust or hatred in
me. It's my own context, views and opinions about homosexuality that CAUSE the feelings. (and I gotta tell you, I find the thought of two men having
sex repulsive - but I know that's my opinion and it's CAUSED by my own "stuff", like the fact that I am pretty much heterosexual and female, and have
a certain context that I've been raised in.)
On the other hand, someone who sees their feelings as caused by external forces (other people or their actions) will say that homosexuality CAUSES
their feelings of disgust or hatred. They will blame something external for the way they feel.
Now "hate speech". Does saying that "homosexuality is an abomination" qualify as an "attack"? Again, to some, it does, to others, it's simply a
statement of fact.
Here's where I come down: I take responsibility for my own feelings, so I don't say that homosexuality is an abomination because a: I am neither
disgusted nor hate-filled about it. And b: my feelings are not caused by homosexuality. They are cause be me and my context in life.
If people wish to say or think that homosexuality is an abomination, they are certainly entitled to their opinion.
edit on 6/27/2013 by Benevolent Heretic because: (no reason given)