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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    All this media blitz on Bundy and The basketball guy has me wondering if we now have thought police in this country. I'm not racist myself but I don't see what the big deal is if you are. We have laws to protect people from racism so your opinion should be a right and you should not be punished for what you believe. IMO firing someone for being a racist is anti American and flies in the face of free speech.
    If being a racist isn't a right, there wouldn't be any skinheads, or other racist groups, they would have been hunted down and destroyed by now. Good thing to have freedom of speech, no matter how much we dislike what someone else says.

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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    All this media blitz on Bundy and The basketball guy has me wondering if we now have thought police in this country. I'm not racist myself but I don't see what the big deal is if you are. We have laws to protect people from racism so your opinion should be a right and you should not be punished for what you believe. IMO firing someone for being a racist is anti American and flies in the face of free speech.
    Absolutely its a right. You have the right to think anything you want. You have the right to express those thoughts and even to act upon them provided the expression or action does not harm others. That said, EVERYONE ELSE has the right to respond to your words or actions. If you spew racist BS, then society not only has the right but I believe the duty to ostracize you. One of the many beauties of free speech is it lets idiots stand up and self identify themselves.
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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    All this media blitz on Bundy and The basketball guy has me wondering if we now have thought police in this country. I'm not racist myself but I don't see what the big deal is if you are. We have laws to protect people from racism so your opinion should be a right and you should not be punished for what you believe. IMO firing someone for being a racist is anti American and flies in the face of free speech.
    Sure..it's protected under free speech.
    That means the government can't arrest you for what you said. That's what free speech is about. It doesn't mean that you can say whatever you want and are untouchable.
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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    Sure..it's protected under free speech.
    That means the government can't arrest you for what you said.

    To a point.
    But don't mind me, I'm just feeling pedantic today.

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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    We have choices. We can educate, we can live by example, we can even try to persuade, but we should also realize that we can't control minds and that everyone is entitled to their opinions.
    While we often perceive racism where there is none, we often don't notice or even ignore actual racism, regardless of color.
    We look at the Bundys of this world distance ourselves from them, while guys like Sharpton aren't that much different. But the Sharptons have a right to their bigotry, while the Bundys don't, I suppose.
    Ideally, both the Bundys and the Sharptons getting together in an attempt to unite would be very refreshing, but I won't hold my breath. Taking sides, even milking both sides, is more profitable and exciting.

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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    All this media blitz on Bundy and The basketball guy has me wondering if we now have thought police in this country. I'm not racist myself but I don't see what the big deal is if you are. We have laws to protect people from racism so your opinion should be a right and you should not be punished for what you believe. IMO firing someone for being a racist is anti American and flies in the face of free speech.
    As per usual, your poll answers don't encompass even close to the full spectrum of opinion.
    Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.

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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    Being a racist isn't against the law. Nobody is going to arrest Stirling and Bundy, or throw them in prison for the crime of being racist.

    However, racist words and actions have consequences, and both are reaping those consequences now. I won't lose a minute's sleep over either of them. They're both scum.

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    re: Is being racist a right?[W:343]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    All this media blitz on Bundy and The basketball guy has me wondering if we now have thought police in this country. I'm not racist myself but I don't see what the big deal is if you are. We have laws to protect people from racism so your opinion should be a right and you should not be punished for what you believe. IMO firing someone for being a racist is anti American and flies in the face of free speech.
    Which of them was arrested for their thoughts? Neither? Well, so much for the thought police.

    Now, as to the question: there is no inherent right to be racist, but there is also no real way to penalize it.
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