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First Amendement by Starlow-FTW First Amendement by Starlow-FTW
I support the 1st amendment.

People should have the right to express whatever they believe in, so long as they:

1. Do not cause harm to others or infringe on the rights of others.
2. Do not use blatant lies to support what they believe.
3. Do not speak with the purpose of silencing someone else.

Would I defend the rights of a Nazi to protest? Absolutely. Do I support Nazis? No. If someone said "I hate creationists" then that is a valid (but childish and stupid, IMHO) statement, but it is not right to say, "I hate creationists- shoot them". See the difference? One is expressing belief, the other is expressing belief with the ability to harm others.

And by the way, hate speech is relevant to this because it's not hate to be racist, but it is to be racist and to include anything about harming a certain race. If someone hates Jews, they can, but they can't include anything about killing or hurting them.

Get the point? Other freedoms are included in the 1st amendment that are just as important, but I wanted to focus on this one.
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SilentRisingSun Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Right on!
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
:D  thank you. 
MissMuffinTop Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014   Writer
Does advocating for inequality count as causing harm or infringing on the rights of others? Ya know, like if someone was like, really big into Apartheid or something else demonstrably horrible. 
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
No.  That's a debate on an entirely different issue.  Advocating for the removal of other people's freedom of speech is the point of this one.
ryu238 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
"Would I defend the rights of a Nazi to protest? Absolutely. Do I support Nazis? No." I like this part for some reason
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
If I can toot my own horn a bit, you probably like it because not many people are willing to defend the rights of their adversary, and I do consider the neo-Nazi movement a foe.  By denying the rights of those with whom we disagree, we ourselves lose such rights.
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
For the second part, is it saying you aren't allowed to make lies of people? Like all Catholics are pedofiles or what not?
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Well, you can lie, sure, but depending on circumstance that can get you in a variety of trouble, some legal and some not. It just depends. However, for the most part, if you lie and receive backlash, you can't hide behind the first amendment. My advice to you would be "deal with it".
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I was about to say that it would interfere with freedom of speech.:) you made it make sense though.:)
Cryobash Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
On the basis, I agree but on the shape....
I mean, it's not so obvious, and quite difficult to say someone "You hate me? Don't worry dude! You can! And I will take care that you'll get this right forever and beyond!"
See what I mean? :D
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