The Instigator
iTziPocalyspe
Con (against)
The Contender
Knaveslayer99
Pro (for)

Hate Speech should be censored

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/16/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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iTziPocalyspe

Con

Hate Speech is defined as "speech that is intended to insult, offend, or intimidate a person because of some trait (as race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability)" according to Merriam-Webster. With the political left trying to censor speech they don't agree with as hate speech. What must be understood is that regardless of one's personal views on what is or is not insulting, offensive or intimidating so-called "Hate Speech" is still free speech and should not be censored.
Knaveslayer99

Pro

I will happily accept this debate.

Hate Speech is nothing more then a fiendish way to abuse the ideal and belief of Free Speech in that sense to sneak in messages of hate and action to be carried out by a particular race, sex or religion. Hate Speech is created with the intent to radicalize people to a brutal belief that invites those under it to carry out acts of hate by attacking people. No one who advocates for Free Speech will go out of there way to hurt or harm someone in the name of Free Speech however those who believe in Hate Speech being Free Speech will happily abuse the system to spread messages of hate and action and we should not give a stage to those who believe in the genocide, racism or sexism.

Encouraging a system that can allow those who are filled with hatred to abuse it so they can spread messages of harming and harrassing others is not supporting a system that promotes Free Speech but rather Hate Speech.
Debate Round No. 1
iTziPocalyspe

Con

Who gets to decide what is racist or sexist or pro-genocide? If abortion was seen as a genocide would that allow pro-choice people to be censored? Can data or research be racist or sexist, should certain fields of study be censored? People with terrible ideas can be dismissed through open discourse. When dissenting ideas are censored, one must wonder when their own ideas are no longer free. How can one objectively say what is or isn't hate speech, when hate speech itself is subjective. For example, the pedophiles would consider saying something like "Pedophiles are disgusting" to be hate speech because they consider themselves to be Minor-Attracted-People. Whether someone is hurt by words is subjective, one person could be called X and not care while another person feels upset by it. So is something always "Hate Speech" or when a certain type of person says it or if it is just said to a certain type of person? How does censoring someone's speech help society in any way?
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Posted by iTziPocalyspe 3 years ago
iTziPocalyspe
@Phenenas Where is the strawman?
Posted by Phenenas 3 years ago
Phenenas
This strawman argument has more straw than all the goddamn fields of Iowa.
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