Many people see the 1st Amendment today as an avenue to say “whatever they want” without regards of the feelings of others. However, according to the United States Exceptions of Free Speech: “Speeches that involve incitement, false statements of fact, obscenity, child pornography, threats and speeches owned by others are completely exempt from First Amendment protection.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Are you aware of the United States Free Speech Exceptions?
It would be nice if those exceptions were taught in the schools, so the present generation, and those to follow, were aware of them. Great post!
Unfortunately, most people don't realize it, but basically most of us don't have the right to testify in court in our own defense when accused of a crime. I'll post the explanation and details of that little surprise fact on my website sometime next year.
Everyone has that right but it is not always advisable If the attorney determines that testifying could hurt a person's case, their testimony is withheld. C.L.A.
Certain laws had to be amended by making minor changes to the text, legislation, etc. in order to make it more fair and more accurate, changes are made to reflect changing circumstances:
The free speech exceptions that you mentioned Jacqueline are also violations of speech that God forbids so, it goes deeper than what's allowed in the constitution. On the other hand, it is best to know how an angry person is feeling as opposed to them eventually acting out that anger which often times can resort to physical harm or someone's death. Today, it is called allowing someone to vent their anger about whatever or whoever, and that is a form of therapeutic treatment. You've heard someone say "I just had to get it off my chest or get it out." Violations of speech should be regarded as words of disrespect or dishonor unless the words are violations of the law like threats. But again, they go deeper than the constitution especially if a person is considered an abider of the gospel truth.
Freedom of speech is intended for some good… not some bad. We need those boundaries to protect us from the abuse of freedom of speech.
I am continually amazed at the people who cite "freedom of speech" to post cowardly and hateful statements on-line and don't have the guts to use their real names. That behavior is only cowardly and bullying, not freedom of speech. I am not referencing anything here, simply venting a pet peeve that I have about on-going #CowardlyComments that I see daily on-line and if challenged, the cowards cite the 1st Amendment...okay - vent over, and yes. my name is my real name.
I have a couple questions, one might be easier than the other. "false statements of fact". When did that get in there? I'm completely ignorant of that exception in the US. I'm aware that Germany has laws against holocaust denial, but I don't recall anything like "false statements of fact" in US law. We impeached a president over lying under oath, but that sounds completely different. Second, how do interpretations of the US 1st amendment (freedom of speech) relate to global interpretations, specifically publishing things on HubPages?
There is a blog called "First Amendment Exceptions and What the First Amendment Means." I truly suggest that you type this into your search engine. I brought up this information for discussion purposes only and do not claim to have a degree in law. This website is hosted by Stanford University School of Law. Any other questions that you have that are specific to law should be referred to a lawyer.
I would have to do research in order to answer this question but since you may have others on this subject I will refer you to this blog. You could also google Stanford School of Law or any university that has a Law School. They should definitely give you thorough information on the subject!
As you will note I did reference Wikipedia as my source of information. My degrees are in Human Resource Management and Education :-)
Thanks for the tip. I'll try to get up to speed, since I'm active in other HubPages forums where people all over the world are discussing free speech.
Quick Wikipedia summary of the legality of "false statements of fact": the US Supreme Court has struggled with how to interpret this, it includes libel and slander, and since 1964 government lies have been legal to a degree.
Quick clarification in order to paint "KU37" as a normal-thinking person regarding my reference above to "holocaust denial": I am sympathetic to holocaust victims, and I find the ideas of holocaust deniers repellent. I'm not antisemitic but I disagree with many of Israel's policies. Although I understand Germany has a different political situation than the US, making holocaust denial illegal goes against my American sensibilities about free speech.
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