Just because we "can" say something (IOW the gov't does not disallow it) does not mean we "should" say it. People may have freedom of speech, but IMO it does not give a person the "right" to just say anything they want to, if it's hateful, hurtful or just plain mean-spirited.
Steph, you are a terrific example. I often disagree with you, but don't mind hearing what you have to say. You may disagree vehemently or really hate something another member says, but you are ALWAYS sensitive and kind when you say your words. You choose your words carefully and I find myself really wanting to understand what you say, because you care how you come across to those who may disagree with you. You are respectful when you speak.
Strangely enough, I agree with Dr. Laura on a lot points. However, I find her difficult to listen to. I would think a person who has a talk radio show, one who holds herself as a so-called " moral" person---- one who is very quick to spell out what others are "obligated" to do---- could at the very least, do the right thing herself: treat others the way she would want to be treated. That is why I think Dr. Laura and others like her are hypocrites.