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February 3, 2006

Too Damn Bad

by Eric

Now, I’m starting to get mad. I’m sick and tired of people telling me I have to keep my mouth shut and not say something because other people might be offended. From Reuters:

“Freedom of satire that offends the feelings of others becomes an abuse, and here we are talking about nothing less than the feelings of entire peoples who have seen their supreme symbols affected,” he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

It’s not abuse. Being responsible about freedom of speech means accepting the consequences of saying something. It doesn’t mean keeping my mouth shut because I might hurt your feelings. Knowledge is power. Forcing people to keep their knowledge isolated by muzzling their speech takes their power away and collects it in the hands of the few. Whether that few is the Catholic church, Muslim priests or Presidents and Prime Ministers. I refuse to shut up. I will not take those cartoons down. If someone is offended, that is their issue. I accept the fact that they may be offended, I’m sorry that they are offended, but I will not stop because of that.

Aside from all of that, could someone explain to me, aside from being courteous and polite, why I have to follow the rules of a religion I am not an adherent of? If I were in an Islamic church, I would not do something that was against their religion. Same goes for a Catholic church. But, I’m neither Islamic, nor in their church. I am under no obligation to adhere to their religious law. Am I?

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  • drew

    No Eric, I would say you do not have to follow their customs!!! Nor should you have to!!!
    ABTW, 100% DITTO with what you said. If I could add something it would be: They (The Muslims) got their panties in a bunch and everybody is pandering to them…where was all the pandering when it was every other church’s turn at getting slammed by the press and the satirists? …{Caricatures of the Prophet have sparked outrage across the Islamic world and a fierce debate about free speech.}… This is yet another line in the sand the Muslim are putting at our feet, will we stumble? Like we are now, over them in the courts! I surely hope they can stick to their guns (pun intended) on this issue.
    I ran kind of long here, sorry. And hope I made some kind of sense. Drew

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