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Hate speech or Freedom of speech?

May 6, 2015

P.1They walked in like they owned the place…..inspected a few of the forms and leafed through the ward’s binders then they turned and shook our hands and left. Though new to this neighborhood or any for that matter since this was our first home after getting married, we opened our house to be used as a polling place for our ward and the result was we just shook hands with Frank Rizzo, the mayor of Philadelphia, and Senator Arlen Spector.

Mayor Rizzo was off to a black tie event and looked quite out of place in this lower middle class neighborhood dressed in a tux, with a police night stick sticking out of his cummerbund. On the news this morning it showed him wading through a band of demonstrators swinging his night stick at anyone who would not disperse. The mixed group that was protesting the war refused to disperse and the police moved in to clear the highway, with Frank at the forefront of the officers. These demonstrators have the inalienable right to believe and say what they want, but not the right to force anyone to accept it.

Freedom of speech can be without a doubt a sensitive issue depending on which side of the subject you are on. But it has its highest value when that speech offends you and you accept the fact that someone has the ‘right’ to say it. I was offended and deeply hurt when an artist depicted a crucifix with feces on it. Inside I was outraged at the defilement but because I also believe in the freedoms outlined in our constitution I held my tongue and prayed. On the other hand a magazine in France depicted Muhammad in a cartoon and those that found it offensive went to the magazine and killed the people working there.

When I say that I feel that the millions of people illegally entering my country are draining resources needed to help our citizens, I am called a racist. When I say that the President continually lies to the American public and is acting without congressional authority, I am called a racist. But when a Presidential candidate says that my religion is oppressive and needs to be changed, she is applauded.

Is freedom of speech only based on who has the power?

Is freedom of religion only accepted when
its followers are willing to kill to enforce its beliefs?

If Christians are so full of hate
why aren’t they
murdering those that do not accept their beliefs?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2015 9:14 pm

    This is a powerful text. I love it! :) I think that recently freedom of speech is being slowly limited to the point that no voice of citizens can be heard, only of rich and powerful. What do you think?

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  2. May 6, 2015 9:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Jr Marcin Iwankiewicz and commented:
    Is there freedom of speech?

    Like

  3. Jon permalink
    May 9, 2015 7:36 pm

    Another spot-on observation, Pete. Congratulations.

    Like

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