Hate speech, freedom of speech

Hate Man Harassing SDSU Students


SDSU has designated areas for free speech. As a journalism major, I would argue there is nothing greater our Constitution guarantees.

But what happens when it turns into harassment? Where do we draw the line? When is it considered hate speech?

Case in point: we have this extreme fundamentalist who has been coming to campus since I’ve been there, and maybe years before. He screams at our students. He calls them names, such as sluts, idiots, sodomites, etc. He tells them they are all going to burn in the lake of hell.

Most students laugh at him as this crazy guy. But some students are truly bothered by him and feel harassed and threatened.

How do we handle this guy without going down that slippery slope of outlawing speech we don’t like, or in fact, deplore? How do we handle the Westboro Baptist Church? Should we even try?

I am interested in your opinions.