Difference between revisions of "Freedom of speech"
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(more reference links; Cantwell vs. Connecticut; some reorg)
Revision as of 14:02, 25 July 2008
Freedom of speech is the right to speak freely without fear of legal reprisal (either in the sense of said speech being deemed illegal or in the sense of any reprisal being allowed under the law).
- Freedom of speech is often confronted by an implied freedom from being offended, i.e. an apparent belief by some people that they have the right not to be exposed to speech which they find offensive. Freedom from being offended is generally not regarded as a legal right, except in cases where the offending speech crosses the line into hate speech which represents a threat of possible physical harm.
- Newt Gingrich has made at least one proposal suggesting that freedom of speech should take second priority to the war on terror.
- Conservapedia: rather brief article as of 2007-10-22
- dKosopedia: no article as of 2007-10-22
- SourceWatch: brief article with a lot of links, as of 2007-10-22
- 2007-08-11 Europe's Lost Liberty compares liberty in the United States versus that in Europe, with particular reference to Cantwell v. Connecticut: "[A] state may not unduly suppress free communication of views, religious or other, under the guise of conserving desirable conditions." (which is pretty much exactly the justification the Bush II administration has been using for its ongoing revocation of civil rights, although the article doesn't mention this).