Hate Speech and the Second Amendment
Let's get the preliminaries out of the way, shall we?
1. The definition of Hate Speech according to Wikipedia is: any communication which disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as race or sexual orientation.
2. The definition of Censor according to dictionary.com is: any person who supervises the manners or morality of other.
3. The definition of Freedom of Speech is as follows: freedom to speak without censorship or limitation, or both. The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes used to indicate not only freedom of verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.
Now, having read the previous definitions does something appear amiss to you? Freedom of Speech is NOT freedom of speech that “we like” or that agrees with us, freedom of speech means that people who don't agree with us have the right to voice their disagreement even if that includes hateful, awful terrible speech. If we only have freedom of speech for the people we like or who agree with us then we have no freedom of speech at all. It is my opinion that freedom of speech should be an absolute right or even (dare I say) an inalienable right because to single out hate speech is to impose someone's subjective views on what is offensive. The legislation against hate speech is nothing less than someone's subjective views being imposed on someone else. It's a form of censorship and control, nothing less. A person should be able to say, voice or believe anything they want even if what they say, voice or believe is abhorrent to me. That is what this country was founded on and to legislate hate speech is to deny the citizens of this country their freedom.
The line that should be drawn is with actions, actions are not speech, for to say “I want to kill you” does not affect your death!
For some reason the founding fathers
understood what appears to be a difficult concept for current
justices of the Supreme Court as one cannot have any freedom of
speech if certain kinds of speech are denied or made illegal, it
nullifies the entire right when certain speech, however, repugnant
are censored. The legislation against hate speech is unconstitutional and needs to be repealed or it will serve as just another nail in the coffin wherein lies what used to be the United States.
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