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Free speech is generally considered to be the right of people to speak their mind, to give their opinion and to support the opinions of others.
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Opponents to free speech - or restrictions on it - are often based on the principle of "clear and present danger". If you shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater, you are expressing your opinion that there is a fire, with the obvious implication that people should begin evacuating. If there is no fire - and you ought to know better - then you have created such a public nuisance that no one would say the state was suppressing your rights by punishing you for causing a stampede.
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Likewise, there are provisions against [[inciting a riot]]. It's one thing to vilify a government official, or to badmouth a social, political or religious group. But to urge violent action against them directly - or even to stir people up, to agitate them so much that they run amok - this is considered criminal.
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In both these cases, it's not the idea itself, but the timing and urgency of the expression. I can still say (calmly, later) that I thought the theater was on fire - or that I think a certain group is bad.
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But new provisions of [[hate speech]] codes and laws seek to suppress ''any'' statement against certain "protected groups". This is censorship of [[pure speech]] and should be stopped.
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Ted Kennedy's "Matthew Shepard" bill looks ...
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Revision as of 07:57, 12 August 2010

Madre de Dios! Es el Pollo Diablo!

!Sí He dejado en libertad los prisioneros y ahora vengo por ti!