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Posted by hobee1971 in vent
Because I typed the words “Everyone is entitled to their opinion” I received 7 private messages and 3 emails telling me how wrong that I am.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
This gives everyone in the United States of America the right to say what the want without fear of persecution or prosecution.
Definition of PERSECUTION
1: the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook
2: the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed
1: to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief
2: to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities)
While the First Amendment guarantees free speech, it does not say that one must be nice. So if I were to call someone a derogatory name, I have that right under the laws of the United States to do so without fear of prosecution and persecution.
Decorum is what prevents a lot of people from using derogatory terms, however decorum is a learned behavior based on values and morals, not a law.
I may not agree with someone’s opinion or may find something said is offensive based on my own morals or beliefs, but that doesn’t take away their right to say what they choose. It gives me the opportunity to either suck it up, agree to disagree or move on and choose not to interact with that person again.
Angrily spouting derogatory words at someone who upset you by spouting derogatory words, is infantile and hypocritical.
I never intended for this blog to become a soapbox for all the social ills of this country or the world in general, but on this subject I must speak my mind.
If you don’t like what someone says to the point you need to threaten to unfollow them on Twitter or unfriend them on Facebook, don’t tweet the warning, send the person a private message expressing your opinion, or just simply take action. Threats are idle. No one will learn decorum by mere threats alone. Action creates results.
I’m not trying to alienate anyone with this post, but this is truly what I feel about the right of free speech. Of course you are free to read, disagree and even spout hate filled emails and private messages to your hearts content. I have the right to let this man speak the words he says so well: