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Monday, May 16, 2005

Banning Free Speech

San Francisco's at it again.

The Board of supervisors has voted, and passed, a resolution banning comments that are insensitive to people based on their race, religion, color, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, weight, height or place of birth.

While being a well intended move, this resolution is tip toeing very close to banning free speech. But some think the resolution isn't strong enough. Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier wants training for city commissioners to help identify such inappropriate public speech.

There's no question the public, or private, comments regarding sex, race, sexual orientation, etc. is inappropriate and wrong. But to pass legislation banning forms of speech is over the top. People should be policing themselves, not having law makes decide what you can and cannot say.

This is a clear example that we go too far with laws. People who choose to make fun or put down people that are different from themselves, embarrass themselves. But the laws should be there to protect people's opinions and thoughts, not make us all into obedient robots.

Can I say that?!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. that is totally insane. so what is the punishment then if someone says something that they 'are not' supposed to? is using the word 'niger' in a historical context now wrong too? how can it be at one point that is what african americans (to be politically correct) were called? are we going to rewrite history?

11:16 AM

Blogger STAR*BRIAN said...

Certain parts of history have already been rewritten.

So, I would say yes.

12:32 PM

Anonymous starrynigt24 said...

This just shows how bored our politics are. They have nothing else of importance to do with their time so they are trying to make our lives miserable.

12:40 PM

Blogger Miss Sara said...

Careful, Brian... Big Brother is watching... ;)

1:19 PM

Anonymous Todd said...

That would Be Me :)

3:06 AM


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