I Believe In Freedom of Speech

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    Free Speech Does Not Equal Freedom To Hate

    In a world where protests and protest movements are getting more exposure through the variety of media, we are also seeing more and more violence and criminal activity being committed under the guise of "FREE SPEECH". I am a firm believer that everyone should have the right to...
    huboo huboo
    51-55, M
    Jan 20, 2012

    Freedom of speech is a good idea

    as long as it isn't abused. People should be allowed to express their opinions. Two of my posts about my views on Barack Obama were removed from EP because people weren't respecting my right to say what I think about the president. If they have the right to say that they love...
    DarkandDesolate DarkandDesolate
    18-21, F
    Jul 26, 2014
    charlie1960 charlie1960
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Jan 10, 2015

    Freedom of speech comes with the license to

    offend, it is non-negotiable.
    GloomyEyes GloomyEyes
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Feb 12, 2016

    I also believe that with the right to freedom

    of speech comes the responsibility to accept the consequences that it brings.
    LynxKitty LynxKitty
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 16, 2014

    I heard this metaphor a

    while ago and it has stuck with me; 'Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak because a baby can't chew it.'
    ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes
    18-21, F
    Jan 30, 2014

    Islamic apostasy laws — a big disgrace in

    the 21st Century Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:08 by Nahla Mahmoud It is absolutely ridiculous in the twenty-first century to have laws where one could be criminalised and punished for thinking differently or expressing an opinion. Just this year, Kuwait jailed Abdel Aziz...
    Freedom4all Freedom4all
    26-30, M
    Sep 16, 2014

    I believe in Freedom of Speech.

    I think that, as a rule, we should be able to express our ideas, thoughts and opinions. But, I think that there is a big misconception that because we have the “freedom” or the “right” to do something, that it is the right, appropriate, or moral thing to do. Just...
    annalea annalea
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 18, 2015

    No Freedom Is Absolute

    *Author’s note: This story is an excerpt from a discussion I had with another EP member who believes you can’t be considered an advocate of free speech if you favor any limitations on it.  My comments from that discussion are re-printed here as they were originally...
    Rutterman Rutterman
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Oct 14, 2013

    It's funny how we hate what some people say such

    as some high school girl talking about getting drunk and YOLO. Or some Christian spewing about their wonderful god. And people who get involved with a protest they know nothing about but take action via the internet. We want these people to shut up until we become that person...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits
    22-25, M
    Sep 17, 2014

    . Hello :) First of all ,

    I believe that nobody has the right to comment on whatever I post in a negative way. If you have negative thoughts or concerns please keep it to yourself. I seriously don't need your opinion. I'm on here so I can share my thoughts and concern with people that appreciate it and...
    itsvanii itsvanii
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Aug 22, 2014

    This is not a catchphrase!

    Not some gobbledygook media idea! Millions have fought and died as they continue to!! (Paris.This week end!) for exactly this!!!!! Vive la France. Je suis Charlie!!!!!!!
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Jan 11, 2015

    One Of Our Rights Too Often Threatened

    Too often I read about an infringement on basic guarantees of the Bill of Rights. One of the worst offenders is our public school systems. I am a 57 year old woman, yet I am horrified by the basic abuses on the Bill of Rights guarantees imposed on students in our public...
    Rolle2323 Rolle2323
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Aug 7, 2010

    Random Thoughts...

    1)  Everyone has the right to express their views no matter how objectionable they may be to most people. 2)  Freedom of speech doesn’t mean a damn thing if it only protects popular speech. 3)  There are usually multiple ways one can say the same thing. Generally...
    Rutterman Rutterman
    41-45, M
    1 Response Aug 26, 2013

    Of course I do. But I see

    so many people with a weird understanding of what it means. It doesn't mean you can say whatever you want without consequences. It doesn't mean others aren't allowed to think you're an idiot. Freedom of speech works both ways. Freedom of speech literally means you won't get...
    Atmosfaerie Atmosfaerie
    1 Response Jun 16, 2015

    I believe everyone should have the right to say

    what they want to wether people agree with what they say or not.
    PanHead1989 PanHead1989
    26-30, M
    1 Response Dec 30, 2015

    I would love for this to exist in my house

    infact cursing actualy helps me speek more fluently also it should be alowed in schools as we'll not just ******* tv or some **** like that
    drew725 drew725
    16-17, M
    Sep 17, 2014

    Freedom Of Speech Here On Ep? Never....

    i strongly believe in free speech. in free speech for here on ep. we do not have to agree with what they write or what they post as thats is what makes us unique. but i am fed up with one half of ep thinking they are better than the other! its like we have a hitler reigm bleeding...
    Casper92 Casper92
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jun 16, 2011

    One of the basic tenets of freedom of speech is

    that nothing is above question, not politicians and political parties, business people, economic systems, religions and religious figures. Those who would try to silence criticism by claiming to be victims should be viewed with suspicion........
    EarthWalkerMan EarthWalkerMan
    31-35, M
    Jun 4, 2015

    But not freedom to say whatever the hell you

    want just because you feel like it, and no one else's feelings matter
    DoorMattress DoorMattress
    16-17, M
    1 Response Jun 25, 2015

    everyone Has The Right To E...

    Everyone has the right to express themselves freely.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 10, 2009

    A quote from Voltaire to sum up my views "I

    dislike what you say, but defend to the death your right to say it"
    Aspergicbadger Aspergicbadger
    18-21, M
    Dec 19, 2015

    Majority of Democrats Support Criminalizing

    Free Speech Breitbart News Network A new poll shows that a majority of Democrats want to limit free speech with laws that would prohibit so-called “hate speech.” The YouGov poll published Wednesday found that 51 percent of Democrats favor imposing legal limits on free...
    lov2smile lov2smile
    26-30, F
    Apr 16, 2016

    I support anonymous in their quest

    for freedmen of speech and media this it needed in the world now more than ever
    Poisonmyst Poisonmyst
    18-21, M
    1 Response Oct 6, 2015

    I guess I actually have some principles

    after all. I am totally stunned by the news that SONY pictures are backing off the release of the film The Interview based on anonymous threats of attacks on theaters showing the film. Now I’m not some hick with no recognition of the ideals of multiculturalism. I do...
    Uncleleo Uncleleo
    56-60, M
    1 Response Dec 17, 2014

    Free speech applies to government,

    NOT individuals. It prohibits government censorship of most kinds of speech (not all speech). Free speech does not mean a person cannot criticize the ever-loving **** out of you, censor, censure, or block your bullshit.
    StaleCrackers StaleCrackers
    Mar 8, 2016

    "We hold these truths to be self evident

    that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of...
    andrewjacob220 andrewjacob220
    26-30, M
    1 Response Feb 21, 2016

    Freedom of Speech Nobody can take

    that away from you!
    peacexpuppyx peacexpuppyx
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Oct 25, 2015

    Nobody has the right not to be offended.

    The PC culture we currently live in the West has been so destructive to freedom of speech. Everybody should have the right to express their views, no matter how potentially 'offensive' or polarizing they are. Allowing a free exchange of ideas means such ideas are put under...
    sleeperstream sleeperstream
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Jan 17, 2016

    I'm completely for freedom of speech

    but when people who say KNOWINGLY offensive stuff get upset when someone argued back, that ****** me off.
    WinterSkyout WinterSkyout
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 2, 2015

    Yes one has freedom of speech what will happen

    after you speak is what you have no control of....
    CurvyandChic CurvyandChic
    22-25, F
    Sep 18, 2014

    Freedom of Speech 1) is only an American Law

    no other country has it. 2) ONLY protects you from persecution or censure from the American Government 3) there have been exceptions allowed by the Supreme Court such as defamation and libel laws You do not have the right to go wherever you want and say whatever you want...
    SolitaryElf SolitaryElf
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Mar 7, 2015

    Well the announcement

    that EP will close is awful, but it is what I have expected for a long time. The reasons they give - like intrusion of government through both enforcement actions and regulation - strikes me as about right. Human freedom in Western democracies has been on a long slide down...
    pone22 pone22
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Mar 23, 2016

    Freedom of speech is our most important freedom!

    ! We may not like what something being said because you may find it offensive but imagine living in a country where you could be jailed or worse. I may disagree with what you say but I'll defend your right to say it
    Penguin47 Penguin47
    70+, M
    Sep 17, 2014
    ThatOtherGuy17 ThatOtherGuy17
    18-21, M
    Feb 2, 2014

    kikes and their commie puppets already put down

    most our sites including many weebly ones. Everything you see above is second, third, fourth etc versions of originally created sites. We are always recreating sites. If you can't access any of the links on this page: http://deathofcommunism.weebly.com/original-articles.html
    Satanskidluci Satanskidluci
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 6, 2015

    Many have fought and died

    so that you and I can have that freedom. Use your words carefully:)
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Sep 17, 2014

    Hi guys, I need help!

    I am trying to write a speech about not giving up and I was wondering you could could message me and tell me something you gave up on, what where the causes and how did you deal with it Thank you x
    ExperimentSecret ExperimentSecret
    16-17, F
    Sep 29, 2014

    Freedom Of Speech - Do You Know What It Is?

    There are a few statement that people like to make in order to shield themselves from criticism. - "Don't deny my freedom of speech" - "It's a free country" - "If you don't like what I have to say, don't post comments on my story" I get annoyed even typing them out. "Why...
    NoLongerHere NoLongerHere
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Jul 12, 2013

    There are better ways to exercise freedom of

    speech than to harass each other on EP and other social networking sites. As a victim of harassment I don't want to see it censored but there are more productive ways to exercise this freedom.
    jmmoosey jmmoosey
    31-35, M
    1 Response Sep 24, 2014
    churinga churinga
    70+, M
    2 Responses Feb 17, 2016
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 6, 2016

    What is the difference between criticism of a

    religious beliefs and criticism of someone's political ideas? The Pope recently said that religious believes should not be criticized and if they are we should expect violence. Religion is a set of ideas as is politics, some of these ideas are bad and some are good, we find out...
    Radmossman Radmossman
    51-55, M
    Jan 19, 2015

    Freedom Of Speech And Islam, Like Peanut Butter And Mayonnaise. They Just Don't Go Together.

    I was a Christian, I am no longer a Christian because I saw some things within the bible that I percieve to be the source of a lot of hate and anger towards people of other faiths. I can stand up and say that the Bible is wrong and it does not apply to my life. I dismiss it as an...
    Scorpio1987 Scorpio1987
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Sep 18, 2012
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