twins, Lamb and Lynx Gaede of the Prussian Blue band,
the Reverend Kevin Nunn of Lakewood, New Jersey, and Michael
Jackson have all exercised their freedom of speech.
the USA is a free country and upholds freedom of speech this
shouldn't pose a problem. However, when the founding fathers
established freedom of speech I doubt they meant the provocative
and instigating hate speech that these people have used.
How much of what gets said
under the title of freedom of speech is actually someone
expressing their opinion and how much of it is motivated by the
need to incite others? Assuming that specific speech is hateful
and provoking, should it be protected as free speech?
blond twins, Lamb and Lynx Gaede are being raised as white
supremacists by their mother. With their mother guiding them,
they are trying to spread the message of white supremacy with a
new CD. Their songs mock minorities and praise Adolf Hitler and
Rudolf Hess, his right-hand man.
Their mother offers no
excuses for her daughters' behavior. She said she is raising
them the way she sees fit and they have a right to say what they
think. To me it would seem that the mother is abusing her
freedom of speech by using her innocent girls to send out her
message of hate toward minorities.
The Reverend Kevin Nunn in
Lakewood used his freedom of speech to write an article to the
Asbury Park Press, lambasting the Jews of the Lakewood Jewish
community for what he perceives as the preferential treatment
they are afforded and their secluded ways.
The article is full of
assumptions and falsehood. What was the purpose of Reverend
Nunn's article? What kind of energy was he trying to create by
writing it? Was he trying to make peace and ease a tense
Leaders within the Lakewood
Jewish Community wrote a rebuttal to the article, stating that
Reverend Nunn never approached them with his concerns about
unity between the Lakewood neighborhoods.
I only wonder why Kevin Nunn
refers to himself as a Reverend. One of the jobs of a leader -
especially a religious leader is to create unity, which this
article does not contribute to.
If Reverend Nunn's true
motive would have been to promote peaceful coexistence, and not
incitement of hate, he would have reached out to the Jewish
community in an attempt to establish a relationship.
Michael Jackson is in
financial hot water. He owes his lawyers money for fighting a
court case successfully. In a taped phone call, regarding these
money problems, that has been aired by ABC, Jackson,
called the Jews leeches and said they are the cause of all world
Now perhaps Jackson's
private conversation at home should not be judged so harshly, as
many of us have conversations that we would rather were not
publicized, however, for Michael Jackson this isn't the first
time he's expressed such a hateful sentiment.
A few years ago, Jackson
sang a song calling Jews negative names. At that time Jackson
excused himself by saying the song was written to make a point
that racism is wrong. The excuse was weak at the time, but the
recently revealed private phone conversations drove home the
point that the excuse was just that: a cover-up and an excuse.
Michael Jackson is a hater. He uses the hate-filled speech for
his own means - be it to spice up a song or get away with paying
One can and must use freedom
of speech to condemn something when it is evil and immoral,
however, many people exercising their right to ‘say what they
think', ‘speak their mind', and ‘finally tell it as it is',
use hate speech to cover another agenda. The founding fathers
wanted this country to have freedom of speech so people can
voice their opinion not to abuse that freedom by provoking or
Hate speech should not be
outlawed; ugly words of hatred expressed under the banner of
freedom of speech should be protested vehemently.