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How far can a person take "Freedom of Speech"?

Where do you draw the line between freedom of speech and threats to our country? I made a post about this a while ago about those crazies shouting on the street corner. I understand that they have the right to freedom of speech but when they start talking about people dying and everything wouldn't that be viewed as a threat?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:24 PM on Nov. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • the poiint when freedom of speech ceases to be be "free" is when the speaker refuses to take responsibility for the words he/she speaks!

    you cannot incite a riot and then claim "free speech," just like you cannot yell "fire" in a movie theater! death of common sense.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • As far as constitutionally allowed.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 1:32 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • It is taken to the point of extremism by some liberals and then when called on it they try to label themselves as tolerant.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:36 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • As far as the liberal left decides. You see they get to decide what is free speech, what is hate speech, what is tolerable speech. Anything that THEY say is great, anyone that speaks against them needs to STFU.


    Answer by momof030404 at 1:39 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • According to Nancy Pelosi, dissenters are only Patriotic when they are speaking/protesting her cause. She IS the Speaker of the House. The highest ranking Democrat after the Pre. and Vice Pres. The same President who speaks HIGHLY of her. hrmmmmmmm, makes you wonder what he considers free speech and what speech he wishes to marginalize? I think if this current administration and the leading Democrat on the Hill are the 'role models' for free speech, this nation is in trouble. We have moved from terrorists to 'man caused disasters', afterall. Marginalize the problems, make the politically correct and what? will they go away? Obviously no. They don't.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:49 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • I agree with you momof. The problem is that the 1st Amendment has been so distorted. There is the freedom of the press which keeps us informed (until recently) and the freedom to assemble, the freedom to speak out against our government without fear of regress. This is where the soldier might have an issue. When he took the oath to be a soldier, there are certain things he can't do. The UCMJ restricts certain freedoms of soldiers just like the state restricts certain freedoms I have while at school teaching. I can't speak out against the school board while at school if it cause a parent to bring forth suit. The Constitution does not give us the right to say just anythig we want to someone. Then the other person can sue for slander/libel/deformation of character.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 1:49 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • So these assholes can stand there and shout hateful slurs but Family Guy has to be censored. Okay.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:52 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • OMG...WHEN has family guy been censored!? And do tell when someone yelling racial slurs has gotten away with anything! The rev's Al and Jesse LOVE a photo op and are always there to call people on that. Family guy and Southpark insult and degrade everything....I have never sen them censored.


    Answer by momof030404 at 1:56 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • I just mean when they cuss. lol

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:09 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Up until a point where it harms someone, mentally or physically. Either through slander/defamation, or if you yell "fire" in a large crowd and start a panic that results in injuries.

    Answer by katzmeow726 at 2:11 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

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