Let's find out why he doesn't. Perhaps the biggest tragedy in the West today is the fact that freedom of speech is no longer a right that we can take for granted. If all will admit that all have an equal right to think, then the question is forever solved; but as long as organized and powerful churches, pretending to hold the keys of heaven and hell, denounce every person as an outcast and criminal who thinks for himself and denies their authority, the world will be filled with hatred and suffering. You can't offend or hurt someone who doesn't care Anonymous 40. I'm offended by things and take pathetic little stands against them.
Bruce would eventually be convicted on obscenity charges and made to serve jail time … for jokes. Courts have determined that there are some to free speech: It does not include the right to incite actions that would harm others and it limits the rights of students to engage in certain kinds of speech on their campuses or at school sponsored events. Image Notes: Portrait of Voltaire by Baquoy circa 1795 accessed via Wikimedia Commons. Modern society law comes to the rescue to draw a line between what's acceptable and what isn't. And if you open it and read it, you don't have to like it. At times the offense need not even be insulting, as with a veiled allusion in The Jewel of Medina to Prophet Mohammed's having sex with a wife -- a paragraph far less graphic than we can read about Mohammed's actual sex life in the most respected Muslim hadiths.
Many thanks to Joel S. But this film is specifically addressing the right of comedians to say what they want in their comedy acts, which often times they make very clear in advance that the material may be offensive. Has the threat from radical Islam diminished since 2005? Record your voice here for it to be aired on the. In the past few years campus Muslim groups have created disturbances which successfully stopped speakers who offend them. But you cannot threaten someone with physical injury or death. Some have no criminal record, some do. Note : By clicking record you are allowing us to broadcast your message on any of our platforms.
Communism was not defeated because of the nuclear arms race and the proxy wars that the two super powers fought on other continents. On the one hand, they are attracted to modernity and they enjoy modern amenities. Those who want to silence the debate on Islam -- on what is explicitly done in the name of Muhammad, and according to the instructions of the Quran -- are not only threatened with physical assassination, but must also endure systematic attempts at character assassination. I'm deeply offended by how little Americans know about their country. Or they lie about how they feel to avoid social reprimands. Some of them want to wage jihad, or Holy War, to get to realize their objective, and some of them think that it wiser to preach to reach that same objective.
Jewish Germans and Muslim Germans belong in Germany, indeed. Find us on and , or. Who gets to draw the line , a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, points out the dangers of this kind of private as opposed to government censorship. But on a certain level, are there really two sides to this particular free speech issue? In the popular press, they are described as extremists, radicals, fundamentalists and the like. In addition, the webpage notes that the citation to a letter dated February 6, 1770 was spurious. We must be watchful that we ourselves neither give, nor easily take offense.
This article is based on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech in Berlin on April 19. In the West, we apply counter terrorism measures to dissuade our Muslim citizens from sneaking out to what is really a state of evil. So even if I deliberately say something designed to be inflammatory and offensive, I have the right to say it. Read again: you may not take the matter in your own hands. Jackson, Start Page 3, Quote Page 3, Column 1, Published by P.
He analyses all the most pertinent cases of conflict during the last two decades - including the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the incident of the Danish cartoons and offended celebrities - examining cultural, legal and journalistic aspects of each case. Please accept my apologies for having, quite unintentionally, misled you into thinking I was quoting a sentence used by Voltaire or anyone else but myself. And I object to the practices that can all too easily be justifed on the basis of these texts. I understand the need to make Muslims feel at home here in Germany, the need not to empower racists and xenophobes, and the need to address the sensitivity that many German citizens who are Muslim display when their religion is criticized. You can choose to not let little things upset you.
To them it seems natural to expect respect of leaders, including Prophet Mohammed -- in the way we wear seatbelts even when they are not required, simply because we are used to them. I object to the precept of commanding right and forbidding wrong. Offended means virtually to force or cause a negative outcome to or in another. Perhaps not coincidentally some of these fronts involve conservative Islam versus Western values. So, can I threaten someone with death? The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. But not all women are so brave in standing for their rights. I have learned to question.