- Dec 27, 2004
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- The Republic of Texas
I respect your opinion. However, I do not think that hate speech is what the founders had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment. The founders also affirmed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Joyces, hideous racial comments stomp on those rights. OCAs sexist remarks demean and hurt women. No one has the right to hurt others. With freedom of speech comes responsibility. And it is the responsibility of all of us to not hurt or damage others. Scooter has made the choice of the kind of board he wants. He owns the board and it is his right. He gets to set the rules, or lack thereof. Since, apparently, racist, sexist, and foul language remarks will not be moderated (while mistakenly, in my opinion, deferring to the First Amendment), we will not be surprised by a debased level of discourse.
I disagree. One of the first things I disagree with is using "the Founding Fathers intent" as justification. The founding fathers' opinions were like everyone else's.
Based on your interpretation, anything I deem hurtful is "hate speech" and should not be tolerated. "Hate speech" is defined by current societal popularity, not equality under the First Amendment.
The responsibility to "not hurt or damage others" is your personal ethic, and a commendable one. However, your standard of ethical conduct is not contained within the law.