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Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Freedom and vulgarity

Point of amendment is free expression everywhere

While it is easy to sympathize with Joyce Lashua’s distaste for language she finds offensive, her opinion indicates that she agrees with the concept of free speech so long as it is not distasteful or offensive to her [“Free speech: offensive language,” Opinion, Northwest Voices, May 4]. She generously grants that people may speak freely in their homes with their friends and with those who hold the same views.

Freedom of speech as guaranteed in the First Amendment would hardly have warranted passage if the concept was restricted to one’s home or among like-minded people. It is for the very fact that some words and expressions of ideas and speech might be offensive to some — even the majority, and therefore might become a target for restriction — that the amendment exists.

The editorial had it right — the Supreme Court … er, flubbed.

— Lawrence Sciortino, Seattle

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