Did any of that offend anyone? Would it if I had used the actual words? I hope it wouldn't because I sure didn't intend for it to. But then again, if it did, well, don't take this personally, but, you don't need to be reading this. I'm sorry, but I am not forcing you to. No one is. Close your eyes if someone puts it in front of you, sing the Macarena a loud if someone reads it to you, whatever. The fact of the matter is, freedom of speech is the law.
I have in my hand, not that you would know this, the Constitution of the United States of America. In this constitution, there is this little thing called the Bill of Rights which contains the first ten amendments, the first being the freedom of speech. Article I of the United States Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech." Translated, this asserts that I can say what ever the [email protected]#$ I want to.† Ooh, I'm sorry, I hope you closed your eyes and washed your ears out with soap. If not, too $%@# bad!
My belief is that nothing should be censored. Nothing. It is every person's right and responsibility to shield him or herself from any language and other audio and visual
† provided I do not say anything false which could hurt another person's reputation
messages that is found demeaning to the individual. One person may find my [email protected]#$%& language offensive, yet another may find my language rather humorous and meaningful. I feel that when I use offensive language, I am more thoroughly stressing my point. Allow me to demonstrate my point. I have just been shot in the knee cap on my way to the Noble Prize Award Dinner, and I will now be disqualified as a contestant for the Noble Peace Prize. I then say to the bad man, "Ow...that hurt. Why...did you...do...that...to me?" The man who has done this awful deed will feel no remorse and carry on whistling It's a wonderful life. Now, let's try this again with a more meaningful message. "Son of a [email protected]%$#!!! What the [email protected]#$ did you @#$ &*$% do that for you #$%& ^*%&$ #$$ %&$% $&*% &$ $%*$%????" The man will now have a better sense of what pain he has brought me. He will still obviously run and hide and do nothing about what he did, but he'll more than likely feel more guilty for what he did.
Censoring is a big issue in this country, yet there is no need for all this pointless arguing and bickering. There is nothing that gets displayed on television, in the movies, or on the radio that is not already roaming the streets in the real world. Everyone uses offensive language. Why should it be censored on television? It is not causing anyone any harm. "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me." This old rhyme makes a valid point. If I put a gun to your head and pull the trigger, I'll more than likely hurt you; if I say you are a @#$%, I've only offended you but have caused no real damage. Everyone should learn this phrase and keep it around to remind themselves that no harm is being done to them. And if they still feel as though they do not want to hear anything that they find offensive, then they should just turn down the volume, walk away, dance a jig while singing the theme to "Barney", or all three at once. I don't care.
There is only one concept that can even begin to argue for the side of censorship and that is morality in conjunction with personal feelings. However, that is not good enough because no one has the same personal feelings on morality, and no one can compete with the law. As long as there is balanced dispute among the people of the United States, the law will not and can not change. People can argue it, people can attempt to change it, but for now the law declares that every person has a right to their freedom of speech, and until that law is changed, which would be unconstitutional to do so, censorship of language is illegal. Unfortunately, no compromise can legally be made on this issue. The only way to legally have forced censorship is to change the law, and in order to do that, the country will need some new congressmen. To put it simply, no one can be forced to censor obscene language until the law is changed.
All the people of the world have their own beliefs. Mine is simple. I am strictly against the censoring of harmless obscene language. In fact, one could say that I even encourage it. It really helps to get one's feelings across to other people. And in addition to this, there is the legal issue which states that no rights of speech will be abridged by Congress. And if you know me, you'd know that I'd be the first to follow the law and back the government up.
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