Friday, November 7, 2008

Ignorant Facebook Status was it Free Speech ?

Apparently this anti-Obama Facebook phenomenon is really getting out of control and, luckily, some ignorant crazies are being forced to pay the consequences. Meet Buck Burnette, a football player for the University of Texas and blatant racist. Shortly after the election, his status read: "all the hunters gather up, we have a #$%&er in the whitehouse." Classy guy, that Buck.

As you can imagine, coach Mack Brown kicked him off the team immediately. Buck then issued an apology that was obviously not written by him.

No matter how you might feel on the subject but he has the right to say that if he wants too. It would seem that Free speech no longer exist if its a message of hate, or racism. Everyone has the right to speak ones mind on any subject or matter.

It would seem that we are now force to give up our freedom of speech to protect other people feelings. This is wrong.

Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak freely without censorship or limitation. The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes used to denote not only freedom of verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression is closely related to, yet distinct from, the concept of freedom of thought or freedom of conscience. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as on "hate speech". This is because exercising freedom of speech always takes place within a context of competing values.

The First Amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
yet we have pass laws restricting free speech, just because it might hurt someone's feelings. So time I don't even know why we even have a Bill of rights, since most of these rights can be taken away with a stoke of a pen.

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