Comments on: God damn it!!! How dare you make me defend Rick Santorum. http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/02/24/god-damn-it-how-dare-you-make-me-defend-rick-santorum/ One atheist's thoughts on politics, religion, and philsophy Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:28:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 By: Dylan Walker http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/02/24/god-damn-it-how-dare-you-make-me-defend-rick-santorum/#comment-53 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:24:33 +0000 http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/02/24/god-damn-it-how-dare-you-make-me-defend-rick-santorum/#comment-53 I guess we will just have to disagree.

First, I’m not a big fan of paparazzi but I recognize their rights to a certain extent. I think they go to far at times, but they generally stop a taking photos, not assaulting someone.

secondly, my understanding of the case law in regards to fighting words would lead me to conclude that Santorum’s statements probably would not cross that line legally speaking.

Even Phelps, who goes much further than Santorum had his right to picket funerals of dead soldiers protected. As much as we may detest the things he says, he has the freedom to say them. We have a right to criticize him for saying them too, but we don’t have a right to assault the man.

To turn the issue around, I say quite a few things about religion that I am sure many Christians, Muslims or other religious groups would find insulting. If I allow the right to glitter bomb Santorum, what rights do Christians have regarding the things I say?

We do not have right to physically assault someone because they say something we don’t like. We have a right to criticize it, but I personally don’t want to live in a world where people who say something that pisses off someone else have to worry that the person who they pissed of will assault them. The law needs to protect this or we will reduce freedom of speech to a joke.

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By: Anonymous http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/02/24/god-damn-it-how-dare-you-make-me-defend-rick-santorum/#comment-52 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:19:30 +0000 http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/02/24/god-damn-it-how-dare-you-make-me-defend-rick-santorum/#comment-52 This same issue occurred to me just this week. At first my thoughts were like yours. But with more reflection I realized this is no different then what Hollywood celebrities are subject to with things like the paparazzi and being stopped for autographs.

In Ricks case, being as how he’s a public figure like Hollywood celebrities, the rules get bent a bit in what’s allowed as a reaction to his loudly and publicly proclaimed attacks on those he disagrees with. Clearly he views many men and women as sinners and in some cases murderers. In the same way as the law recognizes “fighting words” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighting_words)
I think we need to recognize that the glitter-bombing is a “fighting words” response. If it’s OK for Rick to use his position to loudly and publicly proclaim gays and women horrible defective people needing elimination from society, it should be OK to glitter bomb him.

So I see two things that make glitter-bombing poor Rick OK, the public figure/paparazzi exception as well as the “fighting words” exception.

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