Karen Fitzgibbons was one of my favorite teachers and she shouldn’t have been fired for voicing her opinion. I thought we had free speech in America? Smh. It makes me sad that my brother, who’s going to be in 4th grade, will never know the joy of having her as a teacher because some liberals got offended. I’m not even going to be surprised when a teacher gets fired because he or she believes in traditional marriage.

Opinions needed

I am writing a research paper on dress coeds and how they violate the 1st amendment. I would love to get more opinions and arguments from all sides of the argument. Give me the popular opinions and the unpopular opinion. talk to men about how they are a double standers and sexist or not just as long as it has a tie to free speech. Thanks it would really help a lot

Common knowledge is created by public information, such as a broadcasted statement. The story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes’’ illustrates the logic. When the little boy shouted that the emperor was naked, he was not telling them anything they didn’t already know, anything they couldn’t see with their own eyes. But he was changing their knowledge nonetheless, because now everyone knew that everyone else knew that the emperor was naked. And that common knowledge emboldened them to challenge the emperor’s authority with their laughter.

The story reminds us why humor is no laughing matter — why satire and ridicule, even when puerile and tasteless, are terrifying to autocrats and protected by democracies. Satire can stealthily challenge assumptions that are second nature to an audience by forcing them to see that those assumptions lead to consequences that everyone recognizes are absurd.

That’s why humor so often serves as an accelerant to social progress. Eighteenth-century wiseguys like Voltaire, Swift, and Johnson ridiculed the wars, oppressions, and cruel practices of their day. In the 1960s, comedians and artists portrayed racists as thick-witted Neanderthals and Vietnam hawks and nuclear cold warriors as amoral psychopaths. The Soviet Union and its satellites had a rich underground current of satire, as in the common definition of the two Cold War ideologies: “Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man; Communism is the exact opposite.”

We use barbed speech to undermine not just political dictators but the petty oppressors of everyday life: the tyrannical boss, the sanctimonious preacher, the blowhard at the bar, the neighborhood enforcer of stifling norms.

chinacatnoddemix asked:

(in relation to Caitlyn Jenner story) How would you personally counter someone's argument that a person has the right to spread/say/hold transphobic views since "it's a free country"?

“You’re right, the government isn’t allowed to persecute you for your bigoted beliefs.  Just like it (and you) can’t stop me from calling you out for your transphobia.”

30 June 2015 - Greenpeace Spain activists climbed a crane near Spanish Congress in Madrid and unfurled a 32-meter banner reading “La protesta es un derecho” (Protesting is a right). Tomorrow a new set of draconian laws curbing the rights of protesters will go into action. 

The new law allows fines of up to €30,000 for taking photographs of police officers. Individuals participating in demonstrations outside parliament buildings or key installations could be fined up to €600,000. Those insulting police officers could be fined up €600. Burning a national flag could cost the perpetrator a maximum fine of €30,000. The same fine can be given to people resisting evictions and home repossession. [video]

http://www.xkcd.com/1357/

“You violated my free speech” is what I always hear when people talk about their right to their opinion. “Free Speech” however (in the US) isn’t what you think it is.

The first amendment clearly says…

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

See the first-word “Congress”? That’s what that means. The Government cannot punish you based on the right. 

So, if you ever find yourself ready to say “you violated my right to free speech”… unless it’s the government doing that to you, good luck with your argument.

BTW, this is in response to a man by the name of Charles C. Johnson, who is now banned from Twitter (by Twitter) after threaten the life of Black activist Deray McKesson

On Thursday, TouchArcade broke the story that Apple was banning some (all?) games in their iTunes library that depict the Confederate Flag. Though the story completely forgot to mention the nine deaths that inspired Apple to make this call, it got picked up by Forbes, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, TechForbesnica, Forbes ArsniCrunch, Kotaku, and the general Internet hype machine, and the reaction many people had is that this is censorship and Apple is rewriting history, and also comments like this:

Except that’s not what happened at all. TouchArcade and everyone who took their side don’t actually care about free speech. And it’s surprisingly clear why, if you go through the arguments one by one.

How Casual Racism Ruined ‘Free Speech’ Forever