Saturday, September 29, 2007

Freedom of Speech

"Prevented from Harassing Wiccans and Pagans, Xians Claim Discrimination"

Freedom of Speech does NOT mean that you can say
- what ever you want
- when ever you want
- where ever you want
- to whom ever you want
- for what ever reason you want
without any consequences...

The 1st Amendment of the American Constitution reads:
"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."

You may not use your rights to limit someone else's rights.

It's not ok to speak against the peaceful assembly of representers of another religion - or the peaceful assembly of ANY KIND.
It's not ok to exercise your religion in a way that it limits others opportunities to exercise their religion - or choice of no religion.
It's not ok to speak against any opinion or religion as long as it is expressed peacefully and legally.

In this case the park was lawfully separated from public space to form a specific feast area for celebration of certain specific forms of religion. Entering the area with any other attitude except respect towards Paganism was thus equal to entering a church, mosque or synagogue with any other attitude than respect towards Xianity, Islam or Judaism respectively. I can't understand how anyone can even consider anything else.

The same way speaking for limiting another person's rights because one doesn't approve his skin color; ethnic, cultural or religious inheritage or identity; political opinion; sexual orientation; gender etc. etc. is not protected by any laws guaranteeing freedom of speech.

You may NOT use your rights to try to limit someone else's rights!

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