Freedom of Speech Essay

2154 Words Aug 2nd, 2009 9 Pages
Freedom of Speech

With varying opinions and beliefs, our society needs to have unlimited freedom to speak about any and everything that concerns us in order to continually improve our society. Those free speech variables would be speech that creates a positive, and not negative, scenario in both long-terms and short-terms. Dictionary.com defines Freedom of Speech as, “the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc.” Freedom of speech is also known as free speech or freedom of expression. Freedom of speech is also known as freedom of expression because a person’s beliefs and thoughts can also be expressed in other
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These things should have consequences if said or done. Some things such as hate speeches and pornography are just a few in this category. With the internet presenting a wider platform for discussions, and topics to be risen, there is a need for some sort of censorship. According to the article Hate Speech Should Not Be Regulated, “…hate expressions tend to encourage a set of beliefs that develop gradually and that often can lie dormant until conditions are ripe for a climate of moral exclusion and subsequent crimes against humanity.” One of the problems with hate speeches is that they can develop thoughts and beliefs in an unsuspecting person, which could eventually become hate crimes. In some way or another hate speech and hate crimes are related. This fact alone is enough to want to censor hate speech and take away the freedom. So with that knowledge that means that the effects of the hate speech are long term, and not short term. Of course the U.S. Supreme Court has only recognized the consequences of speech in terms of its short term effects. Laura Leets also goes on in the article to recognize that, “ American jurisprudence has not fully realized the harmful nature and effects stemming from hate speech, which has the ability both to directly elicit immediate behavior (short term) and to cultivate an oppressive climate (long term).” With pornography the argument is similar, yet very different. The opinions on that subject are split. Some people think that it will

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