Written by Gary Wonning
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.
I think it is pretty plain. When you read the first amendment of our Bill of Rights, it is quite obvious the first amendment contains no provisions for limiting so-called hate speech.
Many times, especially in today’s society hate speech is defined as a particular idea someone does not agree with and it has no correlation whatsoever with being hateful. Take for instance Face Book banning such people as Dennis Prager and Franklin Graham.
Neither of which has ever said anything that could be determined as hateful.
Criticizing someone’s different philosophy about life is not hate speech as long as it is done in a polite and courteous manner.
It is our American right to respectfully disagree with someone.
Once you begin banning hate speech, where does it end?
Who determines what hate speech is, the U Tube and Face Book people certainly have a different perspective than over half of the people living in the United States.
The first amendment guarantees free speech to everyone, regardless of their perspective and opinions, race, creed, national origin, gender, etc. and cannot be denied to anyone.
Unwritten but something that also applies, we also have free listening, we are free to listen or not to listen, that is our choice.
The first amendment does not limit free speech, but something else does.
Common sense and decency, somethings need not be said in a public forum, regardless of or our rights, there is such a thing as discretion and good judgment.
The real meaning of hate speech falls under this definition.
In my humble opinion, using names and words that your grandmother would not approve of, should not be used in public.
A little common sense goes a long way, there is nothing wrong about trying to act like a civilized human being.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of
Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.
In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.
For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.
He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.
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