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Friday, April 21, 2006

Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom to deny others' freedom

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that a T-shirt that proclaimed "Be Ashamed, Our School Embraced What God Has Condemned'' on the front and "Homosexuality Is Shameful'' on the back was "injurious to gay and lesbian students and interfered with their right to learn.'' The court said that the shirt can be barred on a public high school campus without violating the 1st Amendment.

While we believe in freedom of speech and everything, sometimes we wish it could be limited only to those who have something intelligent to say. If there is a God, it is surely ashamed of the people who created and wore those shirts.



Blogger The Guy said...

Dear Editor
Not that I implicitly agree with either of you, but from their point of view the exact same thing could be said about you. What makes your thought any more right than theirs?
As to the court's decision: can words Really injure someone anyways? Bang! I shot you with a word. Where's the blood?
Words don't hurt. Go ahead call me an idiot farmer, I don't care. I know who I am and nothing you can shout, write or pee in the snow is going to offend me. All I have to do is consider the source.
Frankly I'd rather have to tolerate all this nonsense than have you or the Taliban tell me what I can or can not say.
By the way, my personal opinion: those T shirts look totally stupid.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

We have to disagree with "The Guy" that words can't harm people. Words can and do harm people, every second of every minute of every hour. Just because there isn't any blood doesn't mean there isn't any pain. Do you know how high the suicide rate is for teenage homosexuals? Why do you think it's so much higher than it is for teenage heterosexuals?

Also, if words truly can't hurt you, why even bother with "considering the source"?

11:18 AM  
Blogger Ms. Lori said...

Hey, Guy, Hitler was one heck of an eloquent speaker, yeah? Think of how many lives were destroyed by those "harmless" words.

7:58 PM  

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