Should Free Speech Apply To "Hate" Speech?

513 words - 3 pages

"Hate" speech refers to any expression that conveys derogatory views about groups or individuals identified by such characteristics as sex, race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, and sexual preference. This type of speech poses a conflict between two important values, freedom and parity. Most people may be reluctant in this situation to concur with the side of free expression; some may even argue it's immoral. However, the law opposes any legal limitations on, or control of, hate speech, and the reasons for extending legal protection to it are very strong.First of all, there is the simplistic defense that although hate speech may communicate ...view middle of the document...

Consequently, to be completely free it is necessary to allow any expression, however immoral or degrading it may seem.Furthermore, the unpopularity of hate speech is irrelevant to its protection. Imagine in today's society someone imparts an unconventional, yet true, idea parallel to the fact that the Earth is round. If freedom of expression is restricted based on the content's popularity this idea's importance would never be comprehended and its use would be lost. Giving relevance to popularity forces conformity and can have grand negative repercussions.One might raise the objection that in the above example the person's idea was true but that most opinions expressed in hate speech can be proven false, and for that reason, hate speech should be prohibited. The problem here is that not all ideas or opinions can be proven true initially, within a reasonable amount of time, or sometimes even at all. For example, when the idea first came about that the sun was the center of the universe (or correspondingly that the Earth was not the center) very little proof was available if even considered fact. Thus, the measure of truth in an opinion cannot be a means of deciding if it is permitted. In addition, this goes further to mean that the untruths in hate speech are irrelevant to its protection.Finally, it can also be said that the freedom to hold any opinion is meaningless without the accompanying freedom to express it without restriction.

Other Essays On Should Free Speech Apply To "Hate" Speech?

Why Elderly drivers should be restricted - Public Speaking - Persuasive Speech

1042 words - 5 pages PERSUASIVE SPEECH OUTLINE Name: Jackie Salami Topic: The Elderly Driving Title: Old people should not be allowed to drive. Introduction: I. Imagine this, you're driving. That white Prius starts braking for no reason. You're already stressed because you're late. You speed up to cut off the driver and who do you see driving? THAT one grandma. II. You don't really notice how dangerous old drivers are until you're tailgating one. III. Even though

Free Speech Debate UIL Debate Topic - South Grand Prairie HS - research paper

940 words - 4 pages Conservapedia.com: Market Place of Ideas – A theory that, in a free market of ideas, bad ideas will be subordinated to good ideas in the long run as good idea will win more adherently in the absence of government pressure to adopt one idea. I offer the following Frame work for this debate: First, my value for this debate is freedom of speech, as the resolution asks us to examine those institutions in which free speech is vital to insure a free flow of

JFK Speech We Choose To Go To The Moon - History II - Effective speech in world history

2780 words - 12 pages John F. Kennedy, was well known for his passionate speeches. A most famous speech, at Rice University football stadium gathered more than 40,000 spectators on September 12th, 1962. As their president spoke about reaching the moon before the Soviet Union, the crowd immediately felt as though they can accomplish the seemingly impossible, including sending a human to the moon. This optimistic feeling allowed for Kennedy’s well-chosen words to be a

Info speech on why light needs darkness to compliment - Speech 12 - Essay

2658 words - 11 pages good lighting that is healthy and for our well-being without proper darkness. So this is how we normally would light our offices. We have codes and standards that tell us that the lights should be so much Lux and of great uniformity. This is how we create uniform lighting from one wall to the other in a regular grid of lamps. And that is quite different from what I just showed you from Le Corbusier. If we would apply these codes and standards to

the impotance of the speech to convince - baylor - paper

806 words - 4 pages Timothy Yoo 10/31/2018 Speech To Convince Outline Violent Video Games Effects On Adolescents I. How many of y’all have an iPhone? The future of our society depends on technology. In the 21st century, we use technology as a valuable resource and its used to entertain ourselves and just used to communicate with others. However, adolescents are becoming very fond of video games and the entertainment properties it provides for them. Just in general

women rights. why women should be treated euqaly. - english, grade 7 - speech

530 words - 3 pages , Malala received death threats from the Taliban My point is, girls all over the world are not allowed to go to school because ‘’ girls don’t need education because all they should do is cook and clean’’ um No. Living in Canada, we’re so lucky to have the right to go to school. In conclusion, I believe that men and women, no, women and men should be treated the equally. Women should be able to go to school, marry whom they please, drive a car, work for money, and don’t have to constantly have their lives at risk. So I hope that by listening to my speech you will be inspired to make the world for these women a better and safer place!

Documenting Adichie's speech on Feminism to promote equality among genders - TCIS/ English - Essay

862 words - 4 pages Adichie presents an alluring TED Talk to promote equality  bounded by two genders  Adichie presents her TED Talk in Euston, London on December 13th, 2012. By Tommy Jeon December. 13, 2012 Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has presented a compelling TED Talk called “We Should All Be Feminists” which was based off one of her novels which is also titled as “We Should All Be Feminists. This speech has been presented on December 13th, 2012

Freedom of Religion related to the freedom of speech and press

355 words - 2 pages protects the rights of Americans sufficiently. There would be no freedom of religion if there were no freedom of press and speech. Although individuals would be able to pick their choice religion, they would have to carry out the practice quietly, as if ashamed. Hopefully someday instead of continuously fighting, the rest of the world will adopt these same principles. These are the things that truly make America the land of the free

Patrick Henry's Use Of Logos, Ethos And Pathos In His Speech To The VA Convention

939 words - 4 pages emotional level (pathos). Twenty two hundred years later a young statesman named Patrick Henry would exemplify these three techniques to near perfect use, in his speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses.Henry starts the speech out with a series of declaratory sentences, one of the most notable being "different men often see the same subjects in different lights" His word choice is especially important because he is establishing his credibility by

Why we need to minimize the use of single use plastic - Public Speaking - Speech outline

749 words - 3 pages Title of Speech: Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans Introduction: Attention Grabber: Its no secret that we love convenience. We love being able to grab a water bottle on the go and once it is finished have the capability to just throw it away. We love being able to go to the grocery store and not have to remember to bring our own bags to carry groceries in. This convenience however, has many downsides that is becoming more of a harm to our

Informative speech on it not being morally acceptable to experiment on animals - English - Essay

1123 words - 5 pages Pathos Logos Informative Speech Outline General Topic Specific Purpose Thesis-​My purpose is to persuade my audience that it is not morally acceptable to experiment on non-human animals to develop products & medicines that benefit human beings. I. a.​ ​Did you know that 100 million animals are killed in U.S laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experiments and chemical, food and cosmetic testing? b.​My purpose is

Similar Papers

Porn, Free Speech, Sexual Inequality, And Violence Ethics Porn, Free Speech, Sexual Inequality, And Violence

1138 words - 5 pages 4 November 13, 2017 Porn, Free Speech, Sexual Inequality, and Violence Engaging in sexual activity is a natural part of human nature, which people partake in daily. On page 308 of Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics, Andrew Altman states “Pornography is sexually explicit material, in words or images, which is intended by its creators to excite sexually those who are willing viewers of the material.” As citizens of the United States, there is

Internet Speech, Freedom Of Speech And Hate Culture; Cyber Bullying Orange County Community College English 1 Research

1520 words - 7 pages such as Facebook and Twitter are full of hate speech. While mediators of these sites often face criticism from both sides of the argument. Some argue that these sites should be doing more to ban users who continue to spout hate speech. Others argue that the very act of banning users for their words is a clear violation of free speech and should not be allowed. For the internet,“the challenge is to determine what degree of extremist Internet speech

Free Speech Zones In Certain Areas Njit Hum 101 Essay

1550 words - 7 pages that schools should or should not have free speech zones, but in fact uses outside sources to support the idea of these zones. This purpose of this report is to be informative, therefore there are no statements that are made that are to be considered as opinions. The report states facts to show the representation of free speech zones on school grounds. If the report was opinionated rather than informative, the report would consist of persuasive

Hate Speech In Public Areas And Universities The University Of New Mexico, Philosophy 156 Essay

1710 words - 7 pages of hate speech. I would like to strongly state that there is a very fine line between free speech and hate speech. After reviewing the ACLU’s analysis on “Hate Speech on Campus,” I think it is important to note the stance the ACLU takes in regards to hate speech. The ACLU believes, “that all campuses should adhere to First Amendment principles because academic freedom is a bedrock of education in a free society.”(ACLU, 2017) I think this is