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posts by Gaijin San Commoner | joined 04 Feb 2006 | 2

Free Speech and Tact posted 04 Feb 2006, 03:02 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Speech and Tact by Gaijin San, Commoner

I'm sure everyones familiar with the controversy over some cartoons depicing Muhammed in a Danish newspaper They claim it was done to test the true extent of freedom of expression in Denmark.Personally I think it was a bad idea but many Muslim commentators say it should be illegal.At the same time a proposal to outlaw "incitement to religious hatred" has been defeated in the British parliament and just when you thought the whole controversy couldn't get any more heated the leader of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, was acquitted of all charges of incitement to racial hatred during a speech he made in which he called Islam a "vicious, wicked faith" ... 46,00.html A retrial has been ordered but I think he's unlikely to be convicted. Should he be? and should non-Muslims be expected to conform to Islamic laws such as those forbidding representations of their prophet? How free should free speech be? view post

posted 04 Feb 2006, 18:02 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Speech and Tact by Gaijin San, Commoner

[quote:cztxwqgv]If someone knows where to find the Danish cartoons, could you send me the URL? I would like to make my own idea on the subject. [/quote:cztxwqgv] The cartoons can be seen here ... of-racism/ [quote:cztxwqgv]You say that you thought it was a bad idea? Why is that?[/quote:cztxwqgv] I think they were extremely naive if they thought it would not provoke the response it has.I believe they should be free to do what they've done but I wouldn't have done it myself just as I think people should be free to express any view they hold even though I may not share it.I also think there must be more productive uses to put freedom of expression to than ridiculing an already marginalised and paranoid minority. view post


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