I personally don't believe that freedom of speech should be regulated to any degree. If what a person says caused others to be injured (Theater example) they can be prosecuted on that basis. If a person verbally attacks someone because of their race and this incites others to physically attack the people of that particular race, then the person who incited the actions can be prosecuted on that basis.
However where the language is clearly intended to offend rather than to clarify a viewpoint the post will not be allowed and action can be taken.
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blackwolf77 wrote:but how do you feel about cursing?
is it ok to create words we shouldn't say?
is there a point? more importantly why did we as people who believe in the right to free speech create words that we should not say?
sidebottom wrote:I think it is ironic that you say you believe in unconditional free speech but put exceptions for what you call commercial free speech (i.e. false advertising). What is even MORE ironic is that even YOU have put limitations on free speech. Take for example the rules you PERSONALLY have set in these forums (viewtopic.php?f=87&t=916)
You are doing it here and there is nothing wrong with that because it is in the best interest of the entire community.
I have already articulated my arguments months ago in this thread but I will reiterate the bottom line: Speech in the context we are referring is the expression of ideas. The ideas should NOT be limited or silenced, but how, when, where they are expressed must be.
smalltowncynic wrote:blackwolf has an interesting point however,
In my opinion there is a line between insult and freedom of speech.
I think that insulting is rather shouting random stuff, while freedom of speech mostly inhabits an opinion. This opinion is mostly well thought about, and there are arguments to be told that strengthen this opinion.
Conclusion of my story is: I think freedom of speech is a good thing. Any human, at any place, at the time he wants to should be able to say what he or she is thinking. It would be a bad thing to take that away. However, shouting random stuff to insult or shock people shouldn't be, in my opinion, considered as freedom of speech. They say those things just to get attention, or whatever reason they have.
"should free speech ever have limitations?"
comperr wrote:Commercial speech is also different: Then you have issues of false advertisement and such. But in general I would assume speech is allowed unless you could show that someone will get harmed as a direct result of it.
comperr wrote:PRIVATE companies that you work for or whose service you use /should/ be allowed to limit your speech provided that you agree to the terms and they disclose what the terms are.
blackwolf77 wrote:If people could advertise all over this site would any of us be here right now? would we be able to find our way to this site through all the bullshit? would any of us want to put up with it?
KraQ wrote:Freedom of Speech is a touchy subject. There's a place for it, and there isn't it.
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