Free Speech? Billboard in Florida Decries “Islam, Bloody Islam”

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There’s a new billboard in St. Augustine that reads, “Islam Bloody Islam” and it’s causing a great deal of controversy. Some residents have a petition going around to have it removed. Slightly more than 2,100 have signed so far.

The person who started the petition told the media that it does not represent the collective community of St. Augustine.

“We should always stand up for those in our community who are shown hatred and intolerance,” she wrote on the petition page. “We should be outraged that a billboard with this message could in any way represent our community as a whole. It is of the utmost importance that we stand against messages and movements that isolate, judge and threaten an entire sect of people who share our same hometown.”

An individual paid for the billboard – not an organization – but there were no comments for the media.

People who want it removed say it’s offensive, they believe it’s hate speech, and that it will impact tourism.

The intent behind free speech is to protect speech people don’t like or agree with.  What do you think? Free speech? Hate speech? Would you sign this petition?

Here are a few of the comments.

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  1. He has the right to Free Speech. They have the right to ask him to remove it. Have yet to see any offers to reimburse him the money he paid for the sign. They also have the right to go back to where ever they came from and try to fix their own country instead of demanding we change ours.

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