This biweekly issue of Qnotes has a very interesting Poll. It deals with free speech. Many feel that their should be limits on it,only if its hateful or disrespectful. Well, folks the truth is on this one, you can’t have it both ways.. Free Speech is not a one way street.
Qnotes: POLL on this
Now some self hating jerk has voted No, on this poll. Well I’m sure this person in the future will not be at any protest or rallies. Cause face it, The right wing claims that gay friendly speech is hateful to them,and we claim their speech is hateful to us.
So who is right and who is wrong???
Wikipedia has this to say about Free Speech,
Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws. Criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find distasteful or against public policy, such as racism, sexism, and other hate speech are almost always permitted. There are exceptions to these general protections, including the Miller test for obscenity, child pornography laws, speech that incites imminent lawless action, and regulation of commercial speech such as advertising. Within these limited areas, other limitations on free speech balance rights to free speech and other rights, such as rights for authors and inventors over their works and discoveries (copyright and patent), interests in "fair" political campaigns (Campaign finance laws), protection from imminent or potential violence against particular persons (restrictions on fighting words), or the use of untruths to harm others (slander). Distinctions are often made between speech and other acts which may have symbolic significance.
Flag desecration has continually, albeit controversially, been protected by the First Amendment, despite state laws to the contrary. A Constitutional Amendment has been introduced to contravene the First Amendment's protection on flag burning, but it has failed to acquire the requisite enactment by all the states.
Despite the exceptions, the legal protections of the First Amendment are some of the broadest of any industrialized nation, and remain a critical, and occasionally controversial, component of American jurisprudence.
Yes I had to post my comment here on my blog since the editor of Qnotes still have a bone up his ass and won’t allow me to post comments no matter positive or negative, till I apologize to him a few others, well that day won’t be coming any time soon..
“It is, perhaps, ironic in an age when, across the country, police cameras capture and ticket red-light-runners, and many traffic stops are videotaped from the dashboard of a squad car. “Well, all of a sudden when the shoe is on the other foot, it’s, ‘Wait, wait, there’s an intrusion of the wiretap act,’” says Paul Hetznecker, a Philadelphia civil rights lawyer.