Freedom Of Speech And Hate Speech Essay

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Government Regulation on Threatening Speech With the rise of tension between the United States and the Middle East, every word spoken or drawing depicted is under pressure of causing harm. Is there a line drawn between freedom of speech and hate speech, for the sake of the safety and freedoms of our country? Can the government regulate communication that constitutes a threat to the United States national security, and if so, how? The United States government was put into place to serve the people and protect not only their liberties, but also their lives. The United States government can regulate violent provoking communication by encouraging a social stigma against harmful speech, and more clearly defining the law on hate speech, all while …show more content…
One side argued that the cartoon contest fell under the safety of the first amendment, "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.” (U.S. Const. amend. I). In opposing, the other side argued that the cartoon contest was not an example of freedom of speech, but was in fact an example of hate speech, that’s purpose was to cause intentional, deadly, harm. The third side is found somewhere in the middle. This side states that the cartoon contest does in fact fall under the protection of the first amendment, but should not get those benefits. This group believes that speech that invokes a harmful retaliation deserves to be shamed and culturally frowned upon. One may say that American liberties can be protected while protecting the lives of U.S. citizens at the same …show more content…
They believe laws need be set in place to make these kinds of speech illegal. Though the two Islamic radicals were stopped before real harm could have been made, that does not mean other radicals will not be successful in the

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