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  •  The thing about free speech... (4+ / 0-)

    is that hate speech is protected because it doesn't challenge the 1%.

    On the other hand, you go and sing in a rotunda, and suddenly you're a dangerous criminal.

    The logic is perfect.  As long as you're willing to divide the people, you're fine.  Start trying to come together to create REAL change, and it's amazing how many tiny little laws you're breaking.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 10:48:25 AM PDT

    •  do you think a racist rally in the rotunda (0+ / 0-)

      would be treated more leniently?

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 11:28:18 AM PDT

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      •  The WBC probably would be fine. (1+ / 0-)
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        They'd apply for their permit, stand quietly, with their message of pure unadulterated hatred and leave when told to by the police.

        Which is all that really matters, apparently.

        /snark

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 12:37:44 PM PDT

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        •  What is interesting about this, (0+ / 0-)

          among other things, is that the speech currently being suppressed is lawful, and not in the least hateful.

          It is being suppressed by political opponents, for the purpose of political opposition. That can be done by the authorities, who then find it enormously difficult to clamp down on real hate speech, which hurts real people.

          We have the worst of both worlds.

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          Who is twigg?

          by twigg on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 12:41:59 PM PDT

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