When is freedom of speech not protected ?

2012 Obama 2012/03/14 19:33:43
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One thing good has come out of the Rushbo Fluke incident and it has got people talking about freedom of speech which is a constitutional right and protected by Federal and state laws.

However, the laws do not protect all forms of free speech and can in the best interests of the public stop a freedom of speech and arrest and charge certain forms of freedom of speech as a crime or it can be charged under civil laws for defamation or slander.

The freedom of speech still exists and you can say anything you want but if you do there may be consequences both legal or in retaliation by other people through boycotts or public embarrasment or protests as Rush Lmbaugh is now learning.

Hate speech that is designed to incite violence or criminal actions against someone or a group because of their race, religion, or sexual identity, is not protected free speech and can result in legal action and civil action.

Threats to government officials is not protected free speech.

Inciting a riot such as yelling fire in a movie theater is not protected free speech.

Slander is the use of intentional malicious, false, and defamatory statement agaist another person and can result in civil litigation.

Political speech which is the redress for grievances against our government is a protected form of speech by the constitution.

So all speech is not free and you can say what you want but be prepared for the consequences that come with that freedom.

People have made an issue out of what Rush did on bothe sides and there is a lot of finger pointing and yells of hypocrisy.

So I ask-

If Rush called your daughter-wife-mother a slut and prostitute how would you react to his freedom of speech ?

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  • Tink123 2012/03/14 20:32:35
    I am (insert party) and I think...
    When it's *intentionally* slanderous / defamatory and brings about a specific consequence to the person being slandered. That said, Defamation requires one to prove intent. It's one of the most difficult allegations to prove.

    I reject the entire notion of hate speech. The First Amendment wasn't designed to protect acceptable speech, rather unacceptable speech. It's not illegal to hate, nor do we prosecute thought crimes - we prosecute acts. And we've plenty of law to protect the rights of individuals against forceful / fraudulent acts of aggression. So the entire premise of hate speech is ridiculous to me.

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  • CONVOY 2013/02/11 03:59:00
    I am Democrat and I think..
    When it is hate speech.
  • sjalan 2012/03/17 06:34:32
    I am Democrat and I think..
    Limbaugh is guilty of slander and defamation of character.
  • Israel 2012/03/15 19:36:44
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/15 19:47:39
    2012 Obama
    What is that supposed to mean ?
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/15 20:27:19
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/15 20:50:23
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/15 21:53:03
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/15 21:57:26
    2012 Obama
    Yes you are and you should stop!
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 08:44:42
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/16 12:55:20
    2012 Obama
    Then post some links to backup up your claim ?

    Until then it is just BS!
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 12:58:13
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/16 13:00:06
    2012 Obama
    Just what I thought!
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 13:03:20 (edited)
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 13:06:49
  • Israel Israel 2012/03/16 13:13:26
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/17 13:17:28
    2012 Obama
    Thanks for proving you are an idiot!

    Saved me the time!
  • jeane 2012 Obama 2012/03/17 21:27:20
    She proved herself to be well informed!
  • Katherine 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 11:41:51
    There was a bill passed recently about speech that could incite religious people to violence. Check SodaHead, it was posted here.
  • 2012 Obama Katherine 2012/03/16 12:54:48
    2012 Obama
    That is not an attack on speech against Islam!
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 12:57:01
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/16 13:14:50
    2012 Obama
    Links and evidence ?
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 13:51:59
  • Israel Katherine 2012/03/16 12:59:52
  • 2012 Obama Israel 2012/03/16 13:15:23
    2012 Obama
    BS- post the links and evidence!
  • Israel 2012 Obama 2012/03/16 13:52:45
  • Katherine Israel 2012/03/17 01:00:35
    Yeah, I know. I have thousands of articles saved, in one giant mess, needing to be sorted. That was the most recent, most official one I could remember. You're correct. Burying his head in the sand won't protect him. I'm not sure he cares anyway. Radical Islam and the radical left have been aligned before.
  • Israel Katherine 2012/03/17 13:15:34
  • Katherine Israel 2012/03/17 13:48:18
    That entered my mind. Probably little wonder why he would be defending it when abuse is not only NOT against the rules but encouraged.....

    You know, for all the leftist talk, they're sure as hell not concerned about our welfare and what would happen to us. I heard Sweden was up at 4% (this is an oldish statistic) Islamic population and in the interim of two decades, getting up to just that paltry 4%, rapes had TRIPLED. So much for caring. He's helping it. This crap is happening all over, but he deflects and defends as if nothing is going on. Or makes others out to be the bad person because they're trying to defend innocent people from being harmed. It's as low as you could get. There's information all over the internet and all over this website what Islam is doing to innocent people and those who are protecting it..

    Sorry about the rambling..

    I would give him the benefit of the doubt, but it's just impossible not to have caught on by now. The only thing to conclude is that he doesn't care about the victims, just himself.
  • Israel Katherine 2012/03/17 14:55:46 (edited)
  • Katherine Israel 2012/03/17 20:29:08
    Female children, female cousins, wife, nieces, mother, aunts, grandmother... I'm reading of grandmothers in their 70's and 80's getting raped. Who does this! So many innocent people being victimized and people like him defend it! Or shut people up or attack you for trying to protect yourself, whatever. It's horrible!

    Oh, there was this moderate Muslim guy living in the States that wrote a poem sympathetic to Holocaust victims. This was August last year, mind you. Some radical Islamics stabbed him repeatedly and carved the Star of David into his back. Not a peep from the mainstream media. Heaven forbid. They're even covering up this crap, denying ANY opportunity for protection of innocent, peaceful individuals. But the violence is being covered up, quieted, ignored.

    islam  stabbing  stabbed  sharia
  • Israel Katherine 2012/03/17 20:40:23
  • Katherine Israel 2012/03/17 20:43:32
    I'll settle for slapping them silly. Would have gone for senseless, but obviously they already lack sense.
  • tooner259 2012/03/15 19:23:25
    I am (insert party) and I think...
    When I speak it.

    I like being in the insert party.
  • The Mosher 2012/03/15 16:57:23
    I am Democrat and I think..
    The Mosher
    according to the courts its only illegal if it is intended to incite violence/riot/harm or similar Action
  • LarryFine 2012/03/15 13:09:10 (edited)
    I am Republican and I think..
    If Rush called your daughter-wife-mother a slut and prostitute how would you react to his freedom of speech ?

    Answer: I would not react.

    Replace "Rush" with any of the windbag liberals that have made such insults and ask the question again.
  • 2012 Obama LarryFine 2012/03/15 13:11:22
    2012 Obama
    That is not an answer!

    How would you react ?
  • LarryFine 2012 Obama 2012/03/15 13:16:36
  • 2012 Obama LarryFine 2012/03/15 13:20:47
    2012 Obama
    Then that is also the anwer to your question!
  • Dandydon LarryFine 2012/03/15 21:01:38
    Exactly......I heard today,Bill Maher is catching all the hell from this,instead of Rush.
    Oh what a tangled web Libs weave...
  • 2012 Obama Dandydon 2012/03/15 21:14:09
    2012 Obama
    Show us your evidence ?

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