Yes, free speech is hurt when news bans offensive words

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  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Vulgar, scatological or gratuitously insulting dialog is usually a sign of frustration that the person cannot adequately express themselves. Making it the norm is definitely lowering the bar for civil and accepted rhetoric. It is not a matter of censoring.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 27, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    It's only words and words are all we have when we are talking. When we are talking about education or about cars we have the same words like advance the engine and the 'R' word that can't be used on this post. It's only a word.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 27, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    As Orwell observed, the decay of language affects thought,

    This is true.

    There is a tribe in Quebec of Native Americans that don't have grouping words in their native language.

    They have words that are the same as the English words: red, yellow, green, purple, but nothing for the word color.
    They have the words that are the same as the English words: sad, happy, angry, mischievous, but nothing for the word emotion.

    When they get to the public schools in Quebec they are unbelievably far behind their peers and rarely seem to catch up. For example, math which is often based on grouping ideas, seems to be elusive to them for many years. Eventually they can get to about a 5th or 6th grade level of understanding, before they graduate high school.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 26, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    What irony.

    Deseret News does a grave disservice to subscribers by not including a wider range of articles. I don't understand how DN owners can claim political neutrality when a large majority of articles represent only conservative views.

    (Btw, terrorism is a tactic. Extremists use terrorism to carry out their goals).

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 26, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    "At its worst, political correctness becomes totalitarian, not just dictating what words we utter or write, but even our thoughts and actions."

    I hope the DN moderators read this opinion piece well. I am so tired of having my comments labeled as off-topic when they clearly are not. We could all learn and benefit a lot more from these boards if we were allowed to have a more open discussion.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 26, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Michael Gonzalez is correct. Eliminating descriptive words leads to having "thought police".

    Look at the extreme measures that Obama took to prove that he had conquered "terrorism". He had his administration tell the world that a "movie" had incited people in other countries to riot and to kill four Americans in Benghazi. Obama called the terrorist attack at Fort Hood a workplace incident. Thirteen Americans were killed in that "incident" when the terrorist shouted praises to his god.

    When I was a little boy, my mother often sang a song to put me to sleep, "No bears out tonight, daddy shot them all last night". I made me feel safe. And I was able to sleep soundly.

    That's what Michael Gonzalez has described. Because certain words are banned, we all sleep soundly - as the dangers all around us increase.