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Monday, April 13, 2009

this is an interesting article

i'm torn here

i'm all for free speech. i'm NOT for hate speech. truth is truth though (again, hate is hate though)

a 15 year old being arrested (in britain) for holding up a sign saying scientology is NOT a religion, it's a cult? hmmmm.

i understand wanting to stifle evil, hateful words but some words are innocuous (i know, where does one draw the line?). i also understand it's my RIGHT to say certain things.

at the end of the day, i don't want to lose my right to say what i feel. i don't want us turning into saudi arabia when one is killed if one says the wrong thing.

The Free World Bars Free Speech
By Jonathan Turley

For years, the Western world has listened aghast to stories out of Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations of citizens being imprisoned or executed for questioning or offending Islam. Even the most seemingly minor infractions elicit draconian punishments. Late last year, two Afghan journalists were sentenced to prison for blasphemy because they translated the Koran into a Farsi dialect that Afghans can read. In Jordan, a poet was arrested for incorporating Koranic verses into his work. And last week, an Egyptian court banned a magazine for running a similar poem. ............

.................And in India, authorities arrested the editor and publisher of the newspaper the Statesman for running an article by British journalist Johann Hari in which he wrote, "I don't respect the idea that we should follow a 'Prophet' who at the age of 53 had sex with a 9-year-old girl, and ordered the murder of whole villages of Jews because they wouldn't follow him." In India, it is a crime to "outrage religious feelings." ...............

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