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Freedom of speech

Postby Sarniajoy » November 2nd, 2017, 10:35 am

I am of the opinion freedom of speech is ok unless it verbally abuses innocent people in an unpleasant way. For instance, those who make racist and anti-gay remarks. Would those who claim they should be able to speak freely support the right of paedophiles state they have the right to have sex with children? I remember a member of the now banned Paedophile information Exchange stating just that on a BBC radio programme in the early 80s. :shock:
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Re: Freedom of speech

Postby Sprocket » November 2nd, 2017, 10:42 am

As long as all they're allowed to do is express that opinion, not act on it, yes. Freedom of speech doesn't mean "Freedom to agree with me".
Brendan Behan once went on a lecture tour of Canada. On his arrival, a reporter asked him why he'd come to Canada. Behan replied "I saw an advert that said 'Drink Canada Dry', and I thought 'I'll try anything once!'"
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Re: Freedom of speech

Postby Sarniajoy » November 2nd, 2017, 11:31 am

Hmmmmmmmmmm! :shock:
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Re: Freedom of speech

Postby Pondero » November 2nd, 2017, 3:06 pm

Freedom of speech does not give you the right to shout fire (when there isn't one) in a crowded theatre.
“ignorance of the fact that man has a wounded nature inclined to evil gives rise to serious errors in the areas of education, politics, social action, and morals” (#407).
Catechism of the Catholic Church.
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