I agree. We do need to stand by it. But does that same Freedom of Speech mean we can't temper it with good judgment? I haven't seen the video that started all this. I suspect it was created to have this effect. To stir up anti American feelings around the world. I still..IMO..see nothing "news worthy" in those awful pictures. I think it cause more hurt and anger.
Wow. I didn't see that. I thought a good Freedom of Speach question was whether the inflammatory video that set off the anti-American revolts should have been allowed to be posted! Just heard on the news that Hillary has condemned it. To me, it is SO SAD that there are people here who are so extremely twisted about religion, when we are supposed to be about LOVING ACCEPTANCE of our differences.
I've just listened to an excellent Diane Rehm program on the issue. The point is made that one of our most basic freedoms is Freedom of Speach. And, even if people in other parts of the world don't understand it, we need to stand by that freedom.
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I saw a re-post picture on my Facebook page (from a friend) of our late Ambassador to Libya being dragged though the streets as he was dying. Even though the story on Huffington Post says that he was being taken for medical treatment, did we really NEED to see this gruesome sight? Did the press here in America REALLY feel the need to print/post/share this image? And did it really NEED to be posted and re-posted on any Social Media site? Where is the compassion that we, as Americans, should be showing to not only Ambassador Stevens family, but the families of all those lost that night. IMO...Freedom of Speech should used with that compassion we all should have. Sometimes we go too far in the guise of exercising our Freedoms. They should be used with good judgement. I'm not going to post any links to the image. And I did report the image on Facebook to Facebook.
So I ask you...is posting pictures of a dying American man being dragged though the streets (for any reason) taking our right to Freedom of Speech too far? And should the media have shown some compassion for those families affected most by this tragedy?
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