What Is Freedom of Speech?

According to the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, Freedom of speech is :  “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.”

The dictionary 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.

Libel is defined as anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.  It refers to written or pictorial items that are not true.  Slander is the spoken form of libel. 

As citizens of America, we have freedom of speech.  This does not mean we can simply say anything we want without fear of repercussion.  What it means is that the government cannot make a law restricting it.  On the local level, many places require a permit for people to assemble to protest.  If you go strictly by the Constitution, that would be a restriction of free speech.  However, if a protest restricts the rights of others, such as the right to travel unhindered and the pursuit of life and liberty, among others, it is wrong.  The Constitution very clearly  says “peaceably.”

Hate speech, libel, slander and threats are all considered illegal.  The Constitution does not address that.  Perhaps those laws are unconstitutional, perhaps not.  I do not have the legal background to make that determination.  How these things are defined is the problem.  Definitions vary widely.  Lately there has been a trend that anything anti-Muslim is considered hate speech.  Apparently truth and common sense have taken a back seat to political correctness.  The photo below illustrates this double standard.


If infidels held up a sign saying, “Muslims are you prepared to die for insulting the God of Abraham” what do you think would happen?  The shrieks of outrage from the “tolerant” left would echo off the stars and be heard in a galaxy far far away.  Facebook is not alone in its reprehensible double standards.  The politically correct have redefined and owned the double standard.  They own hypocrisy too.  It is beyond ridiculous, and absolutely mind boggling.  Do they truly not see that, or are they so blinded by their desperate desire to be seen as tolerant that all common sense and decency are completely lost on them?   How do reasonable people even address such irrationality?  If America does not regain its senses and put a stop to this ludicrous behavior, freedom of speech is truly lost. 


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