Non-American dopers, how do you feel about the right to free speech? How far does it go? How would you feel about someone burning your country’s flag? What about hate speech?
I feel to lazy to enter in a free speech debate. Very rougly, here, there are some limits to free speech : some forms of hate speech (“incitment to racial hatred”), denial of the holocaust, some things related to nazism. I understand laws about “obscenity”, for instance, are more lenient than in the US, on the other hand. Both systems make sense and can be justified. For obvious reasons, I feel more confortable in my own legal system.
As I wrote in another thread some months ago, the “religious” respect american people have for their “sacred book”, the constitution and their “prophets” ,the founding fathers is very surprising.
I couldn’t care less about someone burning the flag. People don’t own flags, here, let alone put them in their gardens or on their cars. There are no laws preventing you from burning the flags, but it’s not done, either, probably because extremely few people would care. The flag isn’t a huge and important symbol. Overt patriotism tend to be frowned upon, usually, anyway,because it’s associated with the extreme-right, WWII fascim, etc…