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  • Wednesday, February 08, 2006

    "Free speech", or Muslim bashing?

    Regular readers will know that it is my opinion that those who have been quick to jump on the "free speech" bandwagon, in relation to those Mohammed cartoons are merely using the controversy to further their own twisted ends. I regularly read a number of blogs, including some written by rabid right wingers, and over the course of the last couple of years the right wingers rhetoric has become more and more hate filled and blatently inciteful. It is interesting to note some of the contradictions in their opinions on "free speech", as I have mentioned previously, and it appears some on the rabid right appear to believe that free speech should only apply when it suits them. I came accross this interesting article today, from the Christian Science Monitor, which takes a look at double standards in the so called "free speech" debate, and have to say it raises some very important issues, take a look:

    "Most of Europe would not dare mock the Holocaust, and rightly so," says Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain. "Newspaper editors exercise good judgment every day when it comes to printing material so as not to cause offense, so why not on this occasion?" In a bid to redress grievances, the French Council of Muslims has said it is considering taking France Soir, which reprinted the cartoons, to court for provocation. Last year, the Catholic church won a court injunction to ban a fashion ad based on the Last Supper. The judge said the ad was "a gratuitous ... act of intrusion on people's innermost beliefs."

    So, let's have a vote, do you believe that those claiming to be interested in "free speech" are really more interested in launching another attack on Muslims, in addition to their previous attacks?

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    At 2/21/2006 04:03:00 pm, Blogger foolofatook said...

    Though there is no doubt that the recent publication of the cartoons and the spread of violence throughout much of, though by no means all of, the Islamic World has caused many on the right to use this as an attempt to air and vindicate their outrageous views. We must also not forget that there is a question being raised about the role and place of Islam in a modern secular society, though i will not attempt to say what that is, what must be said is that those Muslims who call for these Cartoons not to be published are also on the wrong side of the free speech divide, though the offence caused is immense amongst the Muslim population we must remmeber that one of the pillars of a modern democratic society is that anyone no matter what there views has a right to air those views so long as they do not incite violence against people, however causing offence is a much more important right than the right not to be ofended, it is only by allowing these cartoons to be printed that we can see how ridiculous and bigotted they are. Thus we can reject them and move toward being more moderate and understanding. Peace is the key not violence

    At 2/21/2006 04:05:00 pm, Blogger foolofatook said...


    At 2/24/2006 02:09:00 pm, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Foolofatook, thank you for your comment, clearly, there was a deliberate attempt at provocation in this particular case by the Danish newspaper concerned. They knew what they were doing, and people responded to that just as the Danish newspaper expected.

    At 2/24/2006 05:39:00 pm, Blogger Jez said...

    There is free speech qnd there is respect for others. Both are important cornerstones of any true democracy.
    Newsapaper editors aren't on the whole heros of free speech. They are just interested in making big bucks.

    At 2/24/2006 09:43:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Well said.


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