Dear collegaues, I consider that some members take their passion in defaming people as enshrined and protected as “freedom of speech”.
It always has a different sense of importance based on whether you believe it is true and deserving of the person, or whether it based on fact, or worst yet based on smearing a person’s reputation.
Although we may seem to take “free speech” as freedom to do or post whatever you please, there still is a part that deals with those that believe their words or actions are above the law.
Freedom of speech does not include freedom to lie, slander, defame and libel. The First Amendment contains no such right or entitlement.