If the ONLY reason you refuse to buy their cd's is because they SAID something you do not like - so you want to send them a message NOT to say anything like that again - that is a form of censorship.
It is not censorship. Only the government can censor people.
As you are putting "a condition" on their right to free speech.
Not at all. You're simply acting freely on the information they have given you. If somebody says my mother is a whore, they're not getting invited to my party. They might be great fun to have at a party, but they're still not coming, for that one reason. It doesn't mean they don't have freedom of speech. It simply means there are consequences to saying certain things.
In other words - You are saying they can have "free speech" as long as they don't say something we do not like. If you do, you will have reprecussions. Than the "free" is not "free" if it comes with attachments.
No, I think what's being said is that they have the absolute right to free speech, but we as individuals and consumers have the right to form an opinion of them based on what they say, and to act on that opinion.
This is the same arguement I used on the other thread and I stick by it. Unless someone else can prove that my view of "free" is wrong? Lilly
I hope I've done that. It's completely wrong. Free speech laws protect individuals from government censorship. They do not give someone the right to say whatever they wish without consequence. Such a right would restrict other people's rights.
I am only saying if (Individual) Americans want to say that our country is the land where "free speech" is allowed, they have to be more open minded and not get all bent out of shape by every stupid comment someone makes. And then start boycotting what that person is trying to make a living by selling. Do you understand? If they do this - they are taking the "free" out of free. Free means your choice is free from any reprecussions at all.
It really doesn't and never has. The Dixie Chicks are free to express their opinions about anyone - even a negative opinion about the leader of their country. That is a remarkable and wonderful thing, and it should be applauded that nobody would even think of trying to have them arrested for saying it. They are not - and cannot be - free from any repercussions. My freedom of speech includes the right to say "Boycott the Dixie Chicks" or to turn up outside their concerts and boo them, and my freedom of action includes the right not to purchase their products, which I can choose to do for the most trivial of reasons.