Emperor Roland Posted May 16, 2014 Report Share Posted May 16, 2014 Right now, anyone who follows the news religiously, should know that man's name. For those that do not, i will try to give you the situation as short and sweet as i can. Mr. Sterling is (at least for now) The owner of the LA Clippers Basketball team. At the time of this post he is in a fight with the National Basketball Association (NBA) over whether or not he should be able to retain the ownership of the team that he has owned for the last 35 years. Why is the NBA trying to strip him of his ownership? a recording of a private conversation between himself and one of his employees has surfaced, a conversation in which Mr. Sterling is heard saying some pretty disturbingly racist remarks. i do not think that they need to be repeated here, but, if you have not heard about it, i will say that they are pretty vile. So, here comes my question. Should someone be able to be stripped of their personal property, because of something they say? I understand in this case, Mr. Sterling has signed agreements with the other owners, and the NBA where he knows he can be stripped of his ownership. so in all honesty, i am not too concerned about his loosing the team. he knew what he was getting into when he bought the team. however, this is simply the latest example of something i find much more disturbing. There is a trend lately to where people are loosing their jobs, being forced to resign form their positions, and generally being crucified if they hold an unpopular belief. Is this right? What ever happened to people being able to hold their own opinions, and to have the freedom to express those beliefs without having their lives and livelihoods put at risk? is not one of the founding principles of this country the freedom of speech? Yes there are limitations to it, you can not say something that will put others in danger, such as the common example of yelling fire in a crowded theater. we all know those, but, tell me. haven't we fought wars, and had our brave men and women die so that we had that right? A bit of personal information about myself. I am a member of a group called the Patriot Guard Riders. Those that have heard of them before know that we have a special sort of hatred for the Westboro Baptist Church. Personally i find their views and their actions beyond reprehensible. BUT!!!! They have the right to do what they do, and, as much as i despise that view, i will fight for their right to be able to have it, and express it. anything else is simple contrary to the principles that this country was founded on. Then we have the religious Right. those that like to have the hell fire and brimstone sermons about how evil us gays are, and all that other bullshit. should they be silenced, simply because we do not like what they say? NO! They have the same right to spew their gay hating message, as i do to say they are wrong. The only time speech should be controlled is when it presents a danger to someone else. and i do not mean simply hurting someone's feelings. Now, to bring this all into a nice neat little circle, i have covered more then a few topics here, but it all comes down to one thing. Freedom of Speech. in my opinion the entire notion of being Politically correct has gone way too far in this nation. This train of thought that we can not say something that might offend someone else... well sorry, i could say 'good morning' to some of these people, and i could offend them. guess what, if you are offended by something that someone else says, tell them about it, march in the streets, protest, but by God they have the RIGHT to hold what ever opinion they want. (So... lets see how much fun this topic has. I do encourage everyone to participate, even if it is to tell me how wrong i am. hell... i would prefer those over the ones that agree with me. lol. just remember to keep things civil) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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