Should Fred Phelps be censored?
Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:22 PM
The law has been quite harsh on them lately. Already, a bill passed the US Congress by overwhelming majorities made it a felony to protest near a military cemetery around the time a funeral is taking place, and a case (Phelps v Snyder, I believe) is before the Supreme Court debating whether they do have a constitutional right to protest. Phelps has also been banned outright from my own country, Britain.
The question is, though, should Phelps be banned from being able to protest in a majority of locations? Is it acceptable to ban him from a country outright?
I think no.
Yes, his views and methods are awful, but, unless he's handing out bombs and telling people to commit terrorist acts against homosexuals or breaking any other law (like trespassing), I feel he has a right to freedom of speech. The right to freedom of speech, a right which I feel is protected nowhere near enough in Britain, is not designed to protect people from being offended or emotionally hurt. It is designed to allow people to speak their minds and debate issues, and shutting off opinions and closing down peaceful protests, even if a vast majority of a nation disagrees with the views expressed, is quite frankly undemocratic.
And hey, when Phelps dies, we can go to his funeral and practice our right to freedom of speech.
Anyone disagree with me here?
Posted 18 March 2011 - 04:59 AM
I hate how we're treated like elementary kids.. one child throws a milk carton across the classroom therefore the whole class has recess taken away for the rest of the week.. it makes no sense.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 11:48 PM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:56 PM
You're free to do what you want until you start crossing other peoples lines. Then nature kicks in and you may get eaten. Rights come with responsibilities if there is any expectation of the system lasting. I feel the primary responsibility is "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
I'm most concerned with the funeral protests. There it becomes a direct and malicious affront to the wellbeing of others and "freedom" doesn't mean jack sh*t. There was talk that they would protest at the funeral of that young girl who died in the Tucson shooting back in January. Consequently, there was talk of another shooting in Tucson being likely if they did. They ultimately didn't show.
Posted 25 June 2011 - 03:47 AM
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