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Yes, there should be limits No, there should not be limits
Debate Score:20
Arguments:20
Total Votes:21
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Topic 4

1st Amendment- Freedom of Speech- Should there be limits on Freedom of Speech?

Yes, there should be limits

Side Score: 11
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No, there should not be limits

Side Score: 9
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Younes - Freedom of speech needs to be strictly limited because it can be used to harm other, blackmail people, and much more. Freedom of speech is used all around the world with good intentions and with bad intentions. The people who use it negatively should have a limit

Side: Yes, there should be limits
emma_joy14(5) Disputed
1 point

That should not be the case because by sharing new ideas can help us develop new solutions to world wide problems. United Nations would be an example because through their freedom of speech they can make a more thought out plan to get rid of crime.

https://occupytheory.org/freedom-of-speech-pros-and-cons-list/

http://www.un.org/en/sections/what-we-do/protect-human-rights/index.html

Side: No, there should not be limits
YounesL(11) Disputed
1 point

That might be true but some people won't agree and that can start fights or even wars

Link: https://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/28/opinion/ghitis-free-speech/index.html

Side: Yes, there should be limits
YounesL(11) Disputed
1 point

Youssef: Yes thats true, but the people should be careful of what they say and share because if they don’t filter their ideas especially in the united nations this may cause controversy and violence. It may offend countries that are less fortunate even if they are getting help and support.

Side: Yes, there should be limits
1 point

Youssef - Freedom of speech is that you can do what you believe you want to do. But should it really be used in however way you want to? If you use it in a positive way that is good but if you want to use it in a negative way, that when it should be limited. On May 1st an article was written about a gay couple who were getting married and what happen. The gay couple when to a local bakery and asked for a cake that has gay features on it but the request was denied. The gay couple have freedom to ask for what ever cake they want as long as it is not harming anybody. The baker had no right to deny the request and he had no right to insult them for being gay because they have the right to ask for a cake because they have freedom of speech. This is now being dealt in court.

Link - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-43955734

Side: Yes, there should be limits
Freddydeady(3) Disputed
1 point

This should not have happened because this goes against the bakers freedom of speech. The baker should have the right to refuse as you do to everything. Also, not only was that against their freedom of speech, it went against their freedom of religion. Which is stated in the US Bill of Rights. The same sex couple could have also went to another baker but decided to create a lawsuit against the baker. In the end, this goes against two parts of the US Bill of Rights. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" and it also goes against, "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech."

The US Bill of Rights.

Side: No, there should not be limits
1 point

The freedom of speech is the ability to criticize. Without criticism nothing would improve and incomplete or moronic ideas wouldn't be stopped or improved. An example of a moronic idea that went through was 'The Great Leap Forward.' The Great Leap Forward was an act in China in 1958, enforced by Mao Zedong. It was a plan to have the people do less farming and more blacksmithing. Without the freedom of speech this plan was not stopped and it was put into motion. No one could criticize it and because of this about 20 million people died. Another part to this is that everyone used home furnaces to blacksmith creating terrible metal that was unusable. That is way freedom of speech is is so important, it ia the ability to criticize.

If there was no freedom of speech more ideas like this would be made and the flaws wouldn't be shown. This could lead to more deaths.

https://www.britannica.com/event/Great-Leap-Forward

Side: No, there should not be limits
1 point

Youssef: A Boston University organization has collected data about the number of protest happening in America. The data has recorded about 4,296 protests with over 5,402,011 attendees in the period of eight months. After the election of Donald Trump major riot outbreak have occurred including this dangerous one in Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park that left people in the hospital.

https://www.bu.edu/research/articles/counting-american-protests/

https://www.bu.edu/research/articles/counting-american-protests/

Side: Yes, there should be limits
emma_joy14(5) Disputed
1 point

Everything is controversial, meaning that everyone has a opinion's and there will be something bad to talk about. Something that you might find offensive I might not, and vice versa.

Side: No, there should not be limits
YounesL(11) Disputed
1 point

Yes but you have to think about others feeling, you can't just say whatever you want, even if that's the rule.

Side: Yes, there should be limits
1 point

Freedom of speech is a right that should not be limited in anyways. It is a universal right and should be given all over the world. It is stated in the bill of rights that there should be freedom of speech so that the people be able to express their opinions freely.

Side: No, there should not be limits
YounesL(11) Disputed
1 point

Youssef - Freedom of speech is that you can do what you believe you want to do. But should it really be used in however way you want to? If you use it in a positive way that is good but if you want to use it in a negative way, that when it should be limited. On May 1st an article was written about a gay couple who were getting married and what happen. The gay couple when to a local bakery and asked for a cake that has gay features on it but the request was denied. The gay couple have freedom to ask for what ever cake they want as long as it is not harming anybody. The baker had no right to deny the request and he had no right to insult them for being gay because they have the right to ask for a cake because they have freedom of speech. This is now being dealt in court.

Link - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-43955734

Side: Yes, there should be limits
YounesL(11) Disputed
1 point

The freedom of speech has been abused by people because people have been getting hurt by what others have said or even commit suicide

Link: https://impakter.com/hurt-feelings-real-danger-hate-speech/

Side: Yes, there should be limits
emma_joy14(5) Disputed
1 point

This man or woman should not be held accountable for the actions of this person if they did not kill the person themselves. We have no efficient evidence that something else had happened in this person's that might have affected the person that caused the person to take his life.

https://impakter.com/hurt-feelings-real-danger-hate-speech/

Side: No, there should not be limits
1 point

There are some laws and regulations to the Freedom Of Speech just to keep the country safe. A better way of understanding this is if someone screamed fire and a lot of commotion wouldn’t happen in a way because if the people had kept calm and had left the building in a orderly manner than it would be fine.

http://visionlaunch.com/pros-and-cons-of-freedom-of-speech/

Side: No, there should not be limits
1 point

This amendment was made for people that would like to express their ideas and beliefs to the government but without being tortured , hurt, get consequences from the government or even be jailed if they do not agree with the person.

https://betterlesson.com/lesson/resource/2895472/the-pros-and-cons-of-freedom-of-speech

Side: No, there should not be limits
YounesL(11) Disputed
1 point

Yes but the rules have changed. Now, people have been making more hate speeches and there are more controversial topics to talk about so, more people get hurt, commit suicide, commit crimes...

https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/topics/technology

Side: Yes, there should be limits
YounesL(11) Disputed
1 point

Youssef: Yes, true they can express what they want to say through freedom of speech but they need to be careful of what they say or people will take action. They will introduce violence and thats what we are trying to prevent. We also want to prevent punishment and prosticution

Side: Yes, there should be limits