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18 / M / New York City, Ne...
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LOL there is no such thing as completely free speech. Just check out the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 to name some curtails of our "freedom."

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I think Donald Trump should take a break from speaking freely. He can't seem to find the "border" between his mind and his mouth.
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Well there is Freedom of Speech and there is Common sense. Those that cry for the former the loudest lack the latter the most
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Yes, it does.


I'm sorry to say but it does.
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Of course there is a limit to what you can say. Basically, every right that you have in the first amendment has a rule: Whenever you are practicing your rights, if those rights ever encroach on another's rights, then you are pushing a limit and probably doing something illegal. Often times, in history, for the sake of civil rights, people would get punished for practicing their first amendment rights for no reason. For instance black people peacefully marching only to be hosed down by policemen.


EDIT: I forgot to answer the bonus question. At my first glance at the question, I though of course not because people like illegal immigrants and others who haven't earned that right or citizenship shouldn't have that. But then I thought to myself, "Illegal immigrants wouldn't even bother speaking their minds for fear that the government would catch them," and even more importantly, I realized that I was thinking about it all wrong. Instead of demographics, I should have thought about people divided by political ideas. To deny that Hitler was evil, and a kind person is an unpopular opinion but an opinion nonetheless. Everyone is entitled to an opinion so yes I do believe everyone should be entitled to a freedom of speech.
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Yeah slander, harassment, and child porn
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"Freedom of speech" is a construct made a very long time ago and I doubt the originators had any idea what would come in the future. At the time of the American revolution while there was free speech there were limits, slander/libel, incitement against the American or state governments, threats, etc.
You can't deal with this as an absolute, there has to be limits, otherwise it's anarchy.
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Posted 7/19/15
the Supreme Court already decided that yes, under certain circumstances, there is a limit of freedom of expression.
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Free speech is acceptable as long as it doesn't infringe upon the rights of others.
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Well most people have been mislead to think "freedom of _____" means freedom from whatever consequence follows thereafter, which isnt always true
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100 / M / CALIFORNIA woop woop
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Posted 7/19/15
It should. Anything that would offend any certain group of people out of hatred. It happens a lot here in the U.S,.
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uncletim wrote:

Well there is Freedom of Speech and there is Common sense. Those that cry for the former the loudest lack the latter the most


smartest post i've seen on this forum. saving this quote
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There's the obvious time, place, and manner limits; there are likely other cases where Freedom of Speech is restricted for similar reasons, e.g. IP law (you can't, for example, use a slogan in an printed advertisement that's owned by another company).

That said, a significant portion of people don't realize Freedom of Speech only enforces what the government can(not) do. if you're boss wants to fire you because of something you said while being interviewed the other week, he's has the full right to do so provided another policy (unrelated to Freedom of Speech) blocks him.
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kokokoko11 wrote:

Of course there is a limit to what you can say. Basically, every right that you have in the first amendment has a rule: Whenever you are practicing your rights, if those rights ever encroach on another's rights, then you are pushing a limit and probably doing something illegal. Often times, in history, for the sake of civil rights, people would get punished for practicing their first amendment rights for no reason. For instance black people peacefully marching only to be hosed down by policemen.


EDIT: I forgot to answer the bonus question. At my first glance at the question, I though of course not because people like illegal immigrants and others who haven't earned that right or citizenship shouldn't have that. But then I thought to myself, "Illegal immigrants wouldn't even bother speaking their minds for fear that the government would catch them," and even more importantly, I realized that I was thinking about it all wrong. Instead of demographics, I should have thought about people divided by political ideas. To deny that Hitler was an evil and a kind person is an unpopular opinion but an opinion nonetheless. Everyone is entitled to an opinion so yes I do believe everyone should be entitled to a freedom of speech.


So you can say what you want but be mindful of others?
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Posted 7/20/15 , edited 7/20/15
Just never say anything about about race, religion or women or gays and your good to go....
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