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Americans: because we all have freedoms of speech and opinion, we must be able to "tolerate" even those we strongly disagree with (for example, most of us disagree with homophobes). People can hold whatever opinions they want, even if we find them disgusting or bigoted. Only when it comes to one's actions which violate the rights/dignity of others can we truly fight against them, amirite?

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I agree with the tolerance part, but people's beliefs and words can cause serious harm as well. That's why death threats can be severely punished, and certain nonviolent protests are required to be a certain minimum distance away from an event or location (like WBC's funeral pickets).

@Watchful_questioneer I agree with the tolerance part, but people's beliefs and words can cause serious harm as well. That's why death...

But making a death threat is an action. Thinking that so-and-so would be better off dead is one thing, but acting a\upon those thoughts in any way is definitely wrong.

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@Wunderscore But making a death threat is an action. Thinking that so-and-so would be better off dead is one thing, but acting...

Oh, that's a good point. Consider that statement recanted, then. Thanks for the clarification

Why has this been restricted to Americans?

@lt2010 Why has this been restricted to Americans?

Because it's Murica. Freedom is kind of our thing.

@lt2010 Why has this been restricted to Americans?

I agree it could apply to canada, European countries and more

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While people should be allowed to have bigoted thoughts and not be prosecuted, that doesn't mean it's okay to be a bigot.

They don't deserve to go to prison of be fined for their beliefs, but that doesn't mean their beliefs are socially acceptable or respectable.

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