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Is there a responsibility to speak properly in public? How do we define our constitutional right?

The United States is unusually different from most countries in this world.  If we have opinions that differ from those of our government, we are allowed to say what we feel without repercussion, such as being put into prison or killed for differing, as in Sharia law .  Yet there are times that what we say brings on reaction or even punishment.  For instance, we would be in deep trouble if we shouted fire in a crowded theater, called in a bomb threat, or deliberately maligned a person to ruin his reputation.  These types of things go beyond free speech. 

Another type of abuse of free speech that doesn’t call for punishment, but maybe should, is such as the privately filmed movie that  was recently released on the airwaves desecrating the religion of Muslim.  The film makers obviously do not care for the Islam religion and had the right to voice their opinion.  There is diversity of opinion as to how the  religion of  Islam came into being, and the creators of this movie took the purportedly negative things about the prophet Mohamed and turned them into a satiric denigration.  If it were a  more private thing, it could be termed tasteless, but for this travesty to go global, it was grossly at fault.  It gave those who hate us anyway an excuse to unleash the dogs of war.

In another country if something like this had happened, the author of such a film would be in prison if not dead.  I thank God our country doesn’t react against its citizens who don’t use discretion in what they put out for the rest of us, but I wish to heaven that discretion would be more readily available to rabble rousers.

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  1. shefaliarora

    On September 15, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Excellent post with all details.

  2. jennifer eiffel01

    On September 15, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I think the movie went too far. Nobody should denigrate another’s religion, whether we believe in it or not.

  3. Kai Vicky

    On September 15, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I agree with pattiann. ‘Spread the message, but within limits’ should be the policy.

  4. elee

    On September 15, 2012 at 4:04 am

    good points raised here

  5. Ratan

    On September 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

    religion means love and worship

    it does not mean your anger and killing of any innocent

    punish the director,get his film banned

    but who are you to attack on an individual with your rocket


    these rocket launchers can be replied well you know

    excellent share,Christine

  6. lauralu

    On September 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Freedom of speech an interesting topic a soon becoming a myth
    in the post 911 world. Good Share thanks Christine

  7. Emancipation

    On September 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Interesting topic. I wrote an article last year about a similar thing here in the UK under “Speech Crime”.

  8. elee

    On September 16, 2012 at 5:23 am

    very nice share :)

  9. UmiNoor

    On September 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    The problem with free speech is, some abuse this privilege. Irresponsible people like the maker of the film that you mentioned is one of these people. What his motive is for making such a film is beyond me.

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