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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Free-Speech Conference

The free-speech conference I attended at the James Union Building was immensely intriguing and starkly alarming. It had never really occurred to me just how fragile the nature of campus freedom of speech really was. The most inspiring quote I can recall from the conference was, with regards to the preacher who was on campus a couple days ago speaking of hellfire and "whorish" activity, "We should not be afraid of a man with a microphone." What I attained from the experience was that the continuous fluctuation between the various positions on the political compass is what furthers the country towards an improved future whilst maintaining the core freedoms, particularly those laid out by the 1st amendment. The potentiality of future movements for important issues like the Civil Rights Movement is contingent with these freedoms keeping it's core values.

5 comments:

  1. I agree. Various viewpoints spark debate and can improve our society; so let people utilize their right of free speech. While I don't agree with our two party system as they seem to promote hate for their opposers quite often, I think there is a need for opposing point of views.

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  2. (H3) That's how rights and freedoms are stolen of course. If you take them away fast it never lasts because the people know what they lost, but if you take them away slowly and let people think it's their own idea, in fact sometimes it is their own idea, they never realize what is happening until it is already done.

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  3. Freedom of speech is what helps lead a country as massive as our forward and if we take that freedom away from one or few people, that could be contributions taken away from our society

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  4. (H3) The freedom of speech is one of the most important freedoms we have and is one of the great things about America. It is important to protect this right even if we don't agree with what someone is saying.

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  5. I also liked the quote "We should not be afraid of a man with a microphone." That one line truly opened up my eyes to the reason we keep trying to restrict right on free speech. Things have been on edge lately and everyone is in fear. We fear free speech because we fear the conflicts and consequences that could arise from opposition, but this is ridiculous. We can't always live in fear. We must open up our eyes to the beauty of our right to free speech - our right to be informed on every viewpoint and to express our own, no matter how far fetched it may often seem to others.

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