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Of Slander and Libel

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Squire Robertsson, Feb 25, 2017.

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  1. Squire Robertsson

    Squire Robertsson Administrator

    Jul 4, 2000
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    They are not:
    • a difference of opinion.

    • a difference of interpretation of facts.
    For example, I am a Republican in more or less the mold of Theodore Roosevelt. My father (who grew up on a farm during the Depression) is a New Deal Democrat. We have differences of opinion and interpretations of facts. Neither one of us thinks the other is a liar.

    Slander (from the American Heritage Dictionary):
    • Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
    • A false and malicious statement or report about a person.
    Further, Slander is verbal\oral. Libel involves defamation in other forms of communication, for example, the written word, images, or here on the Board.

    So, Slander is not:
    • Asking for proof of a statement.
    • Asking how an opinion was arrived at.
    • Responding to a comment based on a poster's previous posts on the same or other relevant threads.
    Please consider this from Wikipedia:


    In my experience, truth like chlorine bleach is the best for dealing with the stain of libel or slander.

    Questioning a members salvation in a public form is actionable. At a minimum, posts will be deleted and posters warned. At a maximum, banning will occur after deliberation by the Admin Council.
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