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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 11:18 AM
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40. my outrage is on the deliberate provocation of religious nutcases
Edited on Sat Apr-02-11 11:18 AM by northernlights
and failure to hold people accountable for their actions. Freedom of speech does not, in my opinion, equate to freedom from consequences for inciting violence or for hate speech.

Jones' *knew* what the consequences of his actions would be. Yet he persisted in those actions, hiding from the consequences behind "freedom of speech." His intent can only have been to incite violence because that was the only expected result and he was forewarned repeatedly.

So we have 2 scenarios:

In one, I *unwittingly* made a sarcastic joke to a Christian religious nutcase. I had no way of knowing in advance this person was a religious nutcase who was incapable of comprehending sarcasm. In exercising my free speech, I was subjected to the consequences of being detained and questioned by the police. And many people here believe that I deserved those consequences as a result of my free speech.

In the other, a Christian religious nutcase knowingly, deliberately provoked a bunch of different religious nutcases. He was warned that his actions would incite violence, yet he persisted *in full knowledge* and with the apparent intent of inciting violence. As a result of the provocation, the religious nutcases he targeted went on the fully anticipated murderous rampage. Yet the same people who insist I deserved the unexpected and unintended consequences of my free speech, which by the way caused no harm, seem to think that the person who deliberately incited violence should be protected from the consequences of his free speech.

I disagree with them.
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