Thursday, April 07, 2005

FREE SPEECH -- A SOMETIMES ELUSIVE CONCEPT

I don't think any American is willing to throw away major portions of the First Amendment. Love it or hate it, it's what distinguishes us from other "democracies" like the UK and Canada, where free speech is whatever the government decides it is.

However, there have been many definitions of free speech at the margin. E.g., the long-held maxim that yelling "fire" in a crowded theater is impermissible, inciting a crowd to riot is impermissible, etc.

So, why is it that a group whose avowed purpose is the furtherance of relationships between adult men and young boys is somehow allowed to openly broadcast their perverse mission?

Isn't this one of those cases where "free speech" should be curbed?

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