I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
Where is the line drawn when it comes to Freedom of Speech?
I was sent the following article yesterday in regards to the abuse of the "R" word. (http://davehingsburger.blogspot.com/2010/08/people-who-are.html). This was a very heart felt blog and hits home.
Then last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a similar argument was raised in regards to Dr.Laura and her use of the "N" word. (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-24-2010/the-hurt-talker).
I do not think that discriminantory language was what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the Constituition. Yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater is not acceptable, nor should hurtful terms. People use language that they know is inflammatory, yet think that it is OK and want to use the First Ammendment as there validation .
I do not appreciate those who are selective about which words being used are OK and which ones are not. People need to stop being a hypocrite when it comes to language. Do not be an advocate for the elimination of one word and then allow for Freedom of Speech on another. The use of these words just shows the ignorance of people.
I have asked people, some who were strangers, who have used the "R" word to please not use the word and I tell them why. For the most part people are understanding, for those who were not, it just shows that there is still bigotry in this country and there is little that we can do to change it.