Freedom of Speech and Religion

4 Feb

I read an interesting article today. A Dutch MP is in trouble for making a video criticising islam. In the video he talks about how they are like nazis and extremely violent. Ironically he is now under 24/7 protection because he has received various death threats…. Reminds me a lot of these guys:

“The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of member of parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs…”

Now I don’t know exactly what he said in that video. If he was specifically advocating physical harm against muslims because of their beliefs, then that is wrong and he should be prosecuted. However, if he was NOT advocating physical harm then he is perfectly within the limits of universal free speech.

Wilders had this to say about the matter:  “Participation in the public debate has become a dangerous activity. If you give your opinion, you risk being prosecuted.”

This brings up a much larger issue. Where is the boundary between free speech and religion? Is there even a boundary? Should there be one? As long as you are not advocating violence against a person or a group, I say fair game.  You have the right to believe what you want. You do NOT have the right not to be offended.

The really funny thing is, if Wilders was not advocating violence, the people he was criticising sure are. There is no discussion about this for them. You either submit to islam or they will fight you. This is not a problem that is limited to the Netherlands, islamic extremists are currently trying to push sharia law in the UK. Sharia law would allow muslims to enforce their barbaric law code on their women and other citizens. Religion is not something that can be reasoned with. The people threatening Wilders’ life are not willing to compromise. They have god on their side. (Or so they believe) and anything less than having it all their way is blasphemy to that god.

Another ironic thing, at the bottom of the article was this:

more violenceMore violence and misery in the name of islam…..

2 Responses to “Freedom of Speech and Religion”

  1. godlesspaladin February 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Hey, thanks. 🙂


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