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Freedom of Speech

by Ken Vincent, Featured Contributor

THE RECENT slaughter of cartoonists and others at a French magazine makes me wonder; does freedom of speech come with responsibilities?

freedom speech flagIs it “over the line” to take shots, humorous or otherwise at people’s religious beliefs? Should some things be held as off limits? Is it right to trample on the beliefs of others?

While it can sometimes be held in bad taste to take shots at current entertainers, politicians, and other public figures, at least they can defend themselves. Christ, Mohammad, Buddha, and many other religious figures are long gone and can’t speak or respond to criticisms.

While I am in no way defending Islam radicals or the violent actions at the magazine, I do have to wonder if perhaps the publication stepped over the line of freedom of speech, human courtesy, and good common sense.

Do you believe that those perimeters of responsible journalism were violated? Are there limits to freedom of speech and if so where do those fall?


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Ken Vincent
Ken Vincenthttp://sbpra.com/KennethVincent/
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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  1. Freedom of speech is a condition to search truth. Being offended is connected with feelings. It’s not an issue of searching where truth or lie are. You can say truth and the truth can offend somebody. So searching of truth and feelings lie in the different planes. And everybody chooses the own way. If truth is more important for you you should be ready that your words may be offensive, unpleasant for even many people. If feelings is more important for you than truth then you should keep silence sometimes or lie.

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