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Freedom of speech needs some curbs

Posted: May 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Pastor Hegg’s Sunday column “We don’t have to think alike,” is, as usual, rooted in fair-mindedness as he supports actions being legislated against, but not simply words.

Normally, I would agree with that sentiment. Indeed, normally, actions — not words — represent the hallmark of legality within our judicial system.

However, we do have laws against slander in America, and it is against the law to scream “fire” in a movie theater, or any crowed area, for that matter.

I say the most important exception revolves around racist comments in the extreme. In those cases, such comments tend to set the racist stage, if you will, that soon moves over to racist action and malicious slander of groups of people — more often than not, of African Americans.

Indeed, racist words limited means racist actions limited, after all else is said and done.

Therefore, if we limit racist words, we will limit racist actions — which is the goal — and that is in keeping with a racially healthy U.S.A.


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