But, the question that has arisen recently from the hate video trailer that was posted on YouTube – creating an uprising groundswell against the United States, is … “Does freedom of speech include speech that generates hate against a person or group of people, religion, and cultures?”
White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the Obama administration also condemns the violence in several Islamic countries the film has reportedly triggered. He says the attacks on U.S. facilities in Egypt, Libya and Yemen are totally unjustified and should be squelched by local governments.
We live in a very hard time right now – knowing what and when to choose to fight a battle that doesn’t allow a win in the war…
If I, as an individual, do not “like” what someone else has to say, I don’t, as an individual, have to buy in to what they’re saying. I also don’t have to promote their hate by giving it a voice in my own speaking and my own writings.
What scares me, are the ones crying out to stop the Freedom of Speech, even Hate Speech (which I deplore wholeheartedly) … when will they take away my Freedom of Speech?
- Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. “Liberty of the Press,” Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789).
- I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. (Evelyn Beatrice Hall)
Where do YOU stand on this issue?
- The Future of Freedom of Speech in America (frontpagemag.com)
- US Professor: Let’s Ban Hate Speech (whitenewsnow.com)
- Empowering people who start fires to define freedom of speech is how freedom of speech dies (legalinsurrection.com)