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Philosophy Ethical Theories Topic 1 An argument can be made that Major League Baseballs decision to suspend John Rocker from baseball due to his expressing bigoted views in a magazine interview is not right This argument states that free speech is an important moral value and since John Rocker has the right to free speech suspending him for expressing his bigoted views violates the spirit of free speech Therefore his suspension was uncalled for because all he was doing was expressing one of his moral values free speech This argument is obviously valid The conclusion logically follows both premises Since free speech is an important moral value Premise 1 and suspending John Rocker from baseball for his bigoted views would be a violation of free speech Premise 2 then the conclusion can logically be inferred that suspending Rocker for expressing bigoted views is a violation of free speech which is a moral value and taking away ones moral values is not right Although this argument is valid it is not very sound In order for the argument to be sound both premises have to be true To examine the truthfulness of both premises one must start by first defining the term free speech and understanding its implications Free speech is one of our inalienable rights as human beings It is a civil liberty Legally it was one of the rights a state must give its citizens in order to guarantee freedom justice and equality More importantly though free speech is not only a legal term it also a term which describes one of our civil rights as people It is an important moral value because it guarantees people the right to express their views without interference from another source Humans are created with the ability of expression and with that expression come different ideas and opinions To hinder a persons right to express those opinions and ideas would be immoral Socrates chose to
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