Free Speech and Christianity in the U. S.

by admin ~ August 24th, 2018. Filed under: Brandenburg.

The first amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which is also the first of what is called, “the Bill of Rights,” limits the power of the government by guaranteeing individuals, several freedoms, including the freedom of speech. The Supreme Court of United States has interpreted this right in several rulings, giving precedent to its meaning. For instance, in our country we can’t yell “fire” in a crowded building. Defamation, libel and slander, are not protected by that right. It’s similar to Christian liberty in that way, because liberty doesn’t give us freedom to sin among several other actions. We seem to be losing the freedom of speech. Overall, we have the freedom, but more and more speech is being categorized as “hate speech,” some of which overlaps with actual biblical speech, preaching against certain sins. You could be prosecuted for hate speech, because it is said to be actually injurious to people. If I tried to “convert” a “homosexual,” that could be interpreted as causing personal harm, as if I had assualted him. If I tweeted opposition to the homosexual actions as sin, that could be said to be hate speech that is deserving of censor. A social network company, which would allow for all sorts of offensive kind of speech and behavior, might censor Christian speech that it deems “hate speech.” Christian speech, even said in a loving way, would be prohibited. I think we have lost these rights. What does this mean? We are not required to to social network. We can offer the gospel still to homosexuals, but it is limiting biblical speech.

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