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FaridIhmoud
12/14/2015
EnglishIV

Shouldfreedomofspeechhavelimitsorconsequences?EveryAmericanis
entitledtospeakfreelyaccordingtothefirstamendment.However,whatifthewords
theysayharmothersoroffendthem?Manycountrieshavelawsthatrestrainfreedom
ofexpression,shouldtheU.S.dothesame?Speakingaboutthis,
Freedomof
expression
shouldbelimited,topreventconflictsandprotectpeoplefrommentalor
physicalharm.
PopeFrancissaid,Thereisalimit.Everyreligionhasitsdignityinfreedomof
expression,therearelimits(TheGuardian2015).Althoughfreedomofspeechisa
right,thatdoesnotgiveanyonetherighttodisrespectothersortomakefunofthem.
Wordscanalsoserveasbulletssomepeoplearementallyaffectedbyinsultsor
stereotypes.Ifsomeoneweretobreakhisneighborsarm,hewouldbecharged.Ifa
personweretoharmsomeonementallyormakethemsuicidalbyhisorherwords,
shouldtheybechargedaswell?Oneoftheworstthingstohappeninacommunityisto
acceptprejudiceandoffensivephrases,thiscanleadtoconflicts,andtheresultswould
notbepretty.
TherewillneverbeaniggeratSAEyoucanhanghimfromatree
remindsusofourgreatestnationalshame(Greenfield).Howisthisnothate?Howcan
thisbesaidwithoutconsequences?Imagine,theAmericanGovernmentallowssuch
thingstobesaidwithoutpunishment.Thisshowsthatthereissomethingwrong.
Freedomofexpressionisdifferentthanhatespeech.Hatespeechisawayof

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assaultinganotherhuman,hatespeechisviolence(Cohen).Basically,sometypesof
speechencourageviolence,andsometypesthatareviolence.Theproblemwouldbe
theFirstAmendment(Greenfield),thepurposeofthefirstamendmentistopreserve
humanrights,butwhenitisusedtojustifyverbalabuse,itisdoingtheopposite.
Therearethosewhoopposelimitsonfreespeech,claimingthatthefirst
amendmentprotectsthefreedomofexpression.
Butthereisnohatespeechexception
totheFirstAmendmentitdoesnotmatterifsomeonesexpressionsareoffensiveor
not,eitherway,theyarestillprotectedbyourbillofrights(Volokh).Thereweresixty
JewsthatagreedwithACLU,sayingthattheNazishavetherighttomarchinSkokie
(TheSkokieLife1977).Althoughthereisanamendmentthatprotectsfreedomof
speech,thereareinternationalhumanrightslawsthatstandagainsthatespeech,and
theU.S.ratifiestheselaws(Cohen).
Justbecauseapersoncandosomething,thatdoesnotmeanthey
should.Freedomofspeechisafundamentalright,butitshouldhavesomerestrictions.
Limitationswouldminimizeconflicts,anditwouldhelpreducementalharm.Ourcountry
shouldfollowFrance,Germany,andothercountriesbypunishingpeoplethatcrossthe
line.

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Workscited

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TheWashingtonPost
7May.2015.Web.14Dec.2015.
SixtyJewishleadersvoiceACLUsupport.
TheSkokieLife
4Sep.1977.Web.14Dec.2015.
PopeFrancis:freedomofexpressionhaslimits
TheGuardian
16Jan.2015.Web.14Dec.2015.