topr8 - 9:47 am on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
>>1st admendment rights are worthless if they don't protect unpopular speech.
in europe we have the european convention of human rights which is a similar thing, and causes similar issues.
there is the beginnings of a movement here to make radical changes to law that is considered outmoded and was brought about for historic reasons and times have changes, just as they have in america too ... personally i don't feel people should have rights/free speech without making due consideration for the responsibilities that also come from being a member of society...
... and clearly one of those responsibilities is not causing others unavoidable pain by your actions.
i honestly believe laws in all countries are exploited by SOME lawyers (no disrespect meant to our very own lawman) who seek personal gain, fame and aggrandizement from arguing the letter of the law which is often not in the spirit of what the original lawmakers meant.