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Does freedom of speech give us the right to offend?

  • Peace and war

    Free speech means the liberty of saying things which are or may be offensive to others. Of course it has limits: treason, assaulting a public official, impersonating someone or an official in order to gain advantages and have opotunities for misconduct etc. - these are criminal offenses which are already punished by law in a civilized society.

    Any other obstacle that would barr free speech is dictatorial or totalitarian in nature and has some pretty perverse and violent effects. Baring free speech is abusive and illegitimate violence against the other and condones and sollicitates a violent response. Moreover and more important, barring free speech distorts reality and social relations and produces a climate of fear and public deceit that produces grave dangers to freedoms and rights.

    Disturbing the peace means offending the liberties and rights of private individuals to enjoy their private life in their private environment. It cannot be used as a criminal offense for public manifestations, protests or expressions of opinion which do not engage in any other form of criminal behaviour (stealing, heists, beating people up, smashing windows, phisically molesting people, burning cars, producing high level noises during the night or even during the day that impedes private individuals from carrying on their life and activities etc.).

    Verbally assaulting an adult by another adult in public may be free speech if the assault does not imply other criminal behaviour and it was provoked by antecedents between the two persons. I think that in such a situation in can be even more regarded as free speech if the discussion is political in nature or the verbally assaulted person is a political figure. - Of course that entails the liberty of the verbally assaulted to respond in likewise manner, as one sees fit.

  • Its a free country

    If we were in the need to fight for our selves and we get shut down then what's the point. We have the right to speak then finish not get shut down when in need of help. At the end of the day when we have nothing were all equal

  • It helps us to speak our sides

    People can voice their options of what should be like the presidential election of 2016: it was unfair that Donald Trump is president. We'll have no allies thanks to his stupid "America". This is a perfect example of standing up for your rights through speech. We will all like that!

  • Offence is in the Eye of the Beholder

    Let's say you tell someone "I like Chicken" and that person just so happens to be offended by that. Does that mean you can no longer say "I like chicken" just because someone might be offended? There will almost always be someone that is offended by any statement. Should we say that you may no longer offend anyone is to say to never say anything. And offence is all to often used to be a tool to silence people who go against you. People need to be able to be responsible and take criticism and accept that some people have other opinions than you.

  • Yes, it does.

    First off, hate speech is way overstated. Now days, even just saying that you disagree with the beliefs of homosexuals, transgenders, and other things such as these can be considered as hate speech. In return, the person who says that he or she disagrees with these ways of life is called a bigot, therefore hate speech is being inflicted upon that person, creating a whole new complication. Some people disagree with other people, and they have the right to express that opinion, whether other people like it or not. Our ancestors who fought in the American Revolution didn't have freedom of speech before they won their (and our) independence from Great Britain. And guess what happened to people who said something against the king? Tar and feathers. Hanging. Prison. We have the right to express our beliefs and say what we want, and if you want to back to dictatorship where you can't say whatever you please, go to a communist country, please.

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  • The freedom of speech gives people the power to offend

    The freedom of speech gives people the power to offend because it is written clearly in the constitution of the United States of America,” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech…,” . In short, the Constitution of the Unites States allows people to say whatever they want without punishment. Any person who says otherwise is breaking the law of the land. Others might say,” When did it become constitutional to hate others? Well, the fact is, it’s always been constitutional technically speaking. Is it the right thing to do? No. Is it allowed? Yes.

  • The freedom of speech gives people the power to offend

    The freedom of speech gives people the power to offend because it is written clearly in the constitution of the United States of America,” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech…,” . In short, the Constitution of the Unites States allows people to say whatever they want without punishment. Any person who says otherwise is breaking the law of the land. Others might say,” When did it become constitutional to hate others? Well, the fact is, it’s always been constitutional technically speaking. Is it the right thing to do? No. Is it allowed? Yes.

  • Freedom of Hate

    People have the right to say what they think and if we just stay silent, we would be fake people living fake lives. We have the right to say whatever we want, we have to be honest with each other to survive. Hate is normal and we have the right to express it

  • Having the choice of free speech gives us the choice to feel a particular way. It our human right

    Who's to say that its our governments problem of free speech; for it is in the constitution that have have this unalienable right, what i say may or may not offend but it is my human right with out any limitation to do and say as i feel and more.

  • It can lead to harmful or unintended consequences.

    Imagine a parent tells his/her 6 year old child to go jump off a building because the child is annoying the parent for any reason. This child actually goes and does it, how useful is freedom of speech in this situation?

    What if a 40 year old man wants to verbally abuse a 10 year old girl, who he sees in the subway, with sexual comments? Obviously the little girl might be offended, and even the people around to hear it might be offended. What use is freedom of speech here? For those of you who believe in morals, this example should appeal to you.

    What about a cult? Should a cult have the freedom to indocrinate people and children through speech?

    And how do "rights" come about? How can you prove that freedom of speech, or anything, grants us certain rights? Nothing, but nature, can grant us rights. A human concept like freedom of speech cannot.

    I am not saying that we should completely oppress people's speech, but it would benefit us all if we have limits.

  • No...When did that become an absolute virtue if at all?

    Of course, whenever truth is spoken people will be offended because ideas do not exist in a vacuum - they exist in people's minds. We must be able to have discussion separating an idea and the person who holds it. When "offending" is the primary intention in a discussion then it is absolutely useless, you don't win over the person and it's akin to abuse (namecalling, irreverence etc.). Free speech is not absolute...That's always why there are hate laws!

  • How can you say no to classroom bullies but say yes to adult bullies using politics to look down upon others?

    This is absolute nonsense. Freedom of speech means expressing one's opinion, nowhere does it say you may also look down upon other fellow human beings and make them feel worthless while you try to spread your opinion. I can easily, and matter of fact anyone in this whole planet can offer or suggest or express their opinion without being a bully and insulting others.
    A bully may easily use social media or even in classroom use profanities and insults on other classmates but that somehow is not considered a freedom of speech, why shouldn't it be, cause he is just expressing his view that the other kid looks ugly, but its not ok because the child is left with emotional scars.And insecurities and its pure evil to make anyone go through something like that despite age, cast, religion, colour. Whether adult or child, opinions may be expressed truly matter when they benefit the society and not offend the other half by making things worse.

  • It's possible to say what you need without being rude and hateful

    Everyone has the right to voice their own opinion, but that does not mean that you need to use hate speech. You can politely and kindly say what you want, without turning someone else down. If you wouldn't want someone turning down your idea, don't turn down there's. T.H.I.N.K. Is what you're saying, True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? If it doesn't fit into these categories, then keep it to yourself. You don't need to use offensive language or words in order to get your point out. If you don't think that that is possible, then you probably shouldn't say it. It all goes back to the simple Golden Rule: "Treat others how you want to be treated". There's another phrase that says "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." These may be simple rules and phrases, but they still hold true. It is possible to say what you need without being rude and hateful.

  • It doesn't justify

    You can't go around speaking badly about somebody's opinions or views and just call it freedom of speech. You belittle the other person and call it your right. You don't have the right to murder, you don't have the right to steal, why should you have the right to harm somebody using words? It's just as bad.

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    One night i was working late for the prez of da usa and dat man wanted to hit me up in his circle office thing, on dat wooden desk of his, where he made me film him and his hoe. He asked me because i was the only black maid there. And that offended me.
    And when i got home to my trailer. I caught my husband who is my 3rd cuz (he's not my 1st or 2nd so it's ight) and i caught him with his hand up my sisters clit. And that offended me. Because im half white and half black. Like im kinda a carmel not a piece of dark chocolate. And that offends me.

  • Order of words matter.

    Even though the yes side of this argument speaks sense, you have to remember that the way you express an opinion or view matters. If someone said "all Muslims are terrorists" this would offend all those who can prove that this statement or opinion is false. The way this is worded sounds like a fact and will therefore offend people. But if someone said "in my opinion, I feel that many Muslims are terrorists" this would cause less problems as it is obvious that it is an opinion. Therefore the person could calmly be reasoned with to change his / her opinion. Seeing as word order matters, it does not give us the right to offend someone especially not purposely. We should not abuse the fact that we have freedom of speech.

  • Hate speech should not be apart of the free speech catogory.

    Using hate speech again st other people can lead to self-harm and suicide. For example when you go up to a kid and tell them 3 simple words "I hate you" they take seriously. The phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" doesn't work in this generation because there are so many kids say mean words that really dig deep into peoples hearts.

  • Offending the freedom

    The right of having freedom of speech grants us liberty but not the right to hurt others by shouting racial slurs or homophobic comments to people who might be different than you or because you feel that you might just want to get some fun out of. Freedom of speech was given to us by our fore fathers not intended to be used for terrible comments

  • No offence no problem

    As long as a person does no harm ,injury and causes no loss you can say what you like .But when you intentionally go out to cause offence
    As your right to freedom of speech expect (rightly so) the right to be hurt some wher some time ,at that point shut up and eat your words ,force fed or not .


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