What Freedom of Speech Really Means Some people misunderstand the concept of “freedom of speech”. Some believe that this freedom implies they can use any words, at any time, about anything. However, that is not the true meaning of the term “freedom of speech” .
The law imposes limits on our speech and it always has. For instance:
The law has offences for using threatening words and behaviour, known as breach of the peace. Threats to kill are outlawed. Threats to commit criminal damage are not allowed. The law also outlaws threats to commit arson. There are many other limitations on speech in law
Freedom of speech doesn’t mean one can say anything at any time to anyone.
Freedom of speech is a political right. It allows a person to criticise the government or to make any political, moral, or religious statement they wish.
Freedom of speech doesn’t authorise the use of abusive or threatening words.
Sadly, many people misunderstand what freedom of speech truly is. They think it’s an open ticket to say anything they wish, even if it’s aggressive, rude, or threatening.
This is not the case and never has been.
On social media, we are sometimes subjected to other people using offensive language: Some use language online that they would never use face-to-face. On social media people are shielded from the social consequences of using aggressive and abusive language; so, from the comfort of their own home, they routinely abuse people online
If you’re ever subjected to such language, my advice is to raise up your psychic shields and ignore them.
Don’t let them get you down!
Life’s too short.
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Chris Farmer. Reform Uk Gloucester. #ReformUK