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Thread: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Muhammed a Crime? [W:636]

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    re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Muhammed a Crime? [W:636]

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    Well, the FCC does regulate broadcasters, but if they did not, the system would break down. A channel has to be assigned, frequencies partioned out, etc.

    At one time, the FCC DID censor the content of tv. But to my (admittedly limited) knowledge, that has not been true in at least a decade.
    Well that's not exactly true. The standards have been majorly relaxed but I think somethings, like dropping f bombs or showing genitalia are strictly prohibited. To be honest, his argument is interesting to me. Maybe there shouldn't be any regulation of TV content. Let the channels decide what they want to air and the consumer decide what they want to watch. That's a different discussion though, I think, from whether laws should be in place to protect one single religion from ridicule. I think that beyond free speech, that could violate the establishment clause of the first amendment by singling out one religion for special protection from defamation.
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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    I don't think anybody has the right to impose their prudery on others, whether they themselves are prudes or not.
    Children must be considered. While nudity and profanity might be ok for some, there is insufficient reason for the public not to be allowed to vote to prohibit it in the public commons, whether the airwaves or streets.
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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Children must be considered. While nudity and profanity might be ok for some, there is insufficient reason for the public not to be allowed to vote to prohibit it in the public commons, whether the airwaves or streets.
    So nudity and profanity hurt children? How would nudity and profanity hurt children exactly, if so?

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    So nudity and profanity hurt children? How would nudity and profanity hurt children exactly, if so?
    I'm not judging that. I'm giving the public the right to vote regarding nudity and profanity in the (limited) public commons.

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    So nudity and profanity hurt children? How would nudity and profanity hurt children exactly, if so?
    Would you let your kids watch porn?

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    re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Muhammed a Crime? [W:636]

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Well that's not exactly true. The standards have been majorly relaxed but I think somethings, like dropping f bombs or showing genitalia are strictly prohibited. To be honest, his argument is interesting to me. Maybe there shouldn't be any regulation of TV content. Let the channels decide what they want to air and the consumer decide what they want to watch. That's a different discussion though, I think, from whether laws should be in place to protect one single religion from ridicule. I think that beyond free speech, that could violate the establishment clause of the first amendment by singling out one religion for special protection from defamation.
    Maybe there are restrictions on PBS, NBC, ABC and CBS still. If there are, they are mere shadows of their former selves.

    As for any other channel, no, I can't imagine what is prohibited. Can you, given what they do broadcast?

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Would you let your kids watch porn?
    Of course not, let's be fair. Nudity and profanity is not porn necessarily. It'd sure bring some advertising dollars, what do you think people are gonna watch for free on TV?

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Would you let your kids watch porn?
    Given its popularity doesn't pretty much everybody view/read/watch what is now routinely called porn?

    LOL. We cannot get enough. Can we? Technology is driven by it. And it always has been.

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    I'm not judging that. I'm giving the public the right to vote regarding nudity and profanity in the (limited) public commons.
    My living room is not the public commons, eco.

    And anyway, I don't think there's been a successful prosecution for obscenity of ANY kind in this country in decades.

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    This is also a nuisance post. Do you have a POV on the OP, sir?
    I have given it. Did you miss it? Are you a groupie?

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