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rastapoodle
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itsagodthing
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Freedom of Speech

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rastapoodle
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/18/2015 Category: People
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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rastapoodle

Con

Many might think that there are multiple reasons why we should be for the freedom of speech, but I do not think that our society can see the real struggle behind it.
Taking the occurrence in Pakistan back in 2012 as an example, where more than 50 people were murdered, inclusive the U.S. ambassador to Libya, we can see a clear example of where freedom of speech got completely misinterpreted and had a tragic ending. The mainly reason was a hateful Youtube video made in the United States about Islam.
"The world is shaken by the depravity of fanatics who have committed acts of insult against the faith of over 1.5 billion Muslims. We strongly condemn these offensive acts, whether it involves the production of a film, the publication of cartoons, or indeed any other acts of insult and provocation. Such acts can never be justified as freedom of speech or expression." - quote by the Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Taking this quote in consideration, we can easily relate it to two very recent events in Europe. The shooting in France and Denmark, where freedom of speech took many innocent's lives and shocked the whole world.
So the question here is: To what extent is freedom of speech is a good thing?
itsagodthing

Pro

The right to free speech is the foundation of America some people say things that should not be said but that's not just a right as an American that's our right as humans the freedom of speech allows us to understand the feelings of the nation to better the U.S. the right to free speech simply cannot be taken away we need ouir voices to speak out against things such as rape drugs murder without freedom of speech we could never protect the kids of this nation because we couldn't let them know what is out there that they need to watch out for and if we can't tell them then who will freedom of spech isn't just to let people talk it's to protect and secure our nation.
Debate Round No. 1
rastapoodle

Con

It is completely fair that, as humans, we have the right to express ourselves. However, does it justify the continuous misuse of freedom of speech, that some people nowadays are using it to be harmful and/or generate chaos to a nations, as mentioned in the example above?
The case here is that we are not only using our right of freedom of speech just to express or inform our opinions towards rape, drugs or murder, as you mentioned, but also to be extremely mean towards people around us, spreading hate about religions, ethnicity, etc. Many people do not measure their words, before saying them out loud to the whole world. Especially on the internet, where anybody can be whoever they want to and say as many absurd things as they feel like saying. There are no limits anymore, and this is not only bad, but also dangerous.
How far can it go?
itsagodthing

Pro

people misuse everything so are you suggesting we take away all of our rights? Oh no he misused his right to the pursuit of happiness we must forever be rid of that right. my point is people misuse there rights 24/7 no matter what
Debate Round No. 2
rastapoodle

Con

rastapoodle forfeited this round.
itsagodthing

Pro

itsagodthing forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by bluesteel 1 year ago
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1Credo. 3 points to Pro (arguments). Reason for removal: failure to explain *why* Pro's arguments were more convincing. This RFD merely stated *that* Pro's arguments were more convincing.

Reasons for voting decision: Pro's arguments were better than Con's.
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Posted by 18Karl 1 year ago
18Karl
Do your research. Libyan Ambassador killed in Libya, not Pakistan.
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Reasons for voting decision: Even though Pro makes an excellent appeal to emotions, Con has better grammar and spelling