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  •  I have to say (9+ / 0-)

    that I'm atheist, and I thought her statement was highly offensive, but I don't think any State should have the power to come down on her for it. To insure that we can all voice our opinions, we have to allow the unpopular and offensive; otherwise, which opinion is next on the chopping block?

    •  As it is, our religious nuts say the keeping them (3+ / 0-)
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      radmul, Kimbeaux, johnel

      from bullying gay kids is religious hate so speech needs to be FREE for all

    •  European Governments Are Wary (2+ / 0-)
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      Be Skeptical, johnel

      First of all, let me say that I also think her statement was extremely offensive. But in the U.S. we have a different history, and we allow Westboro Baptist Church, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Bachmann, and Bill O"Reilly to speak their pieces freely, no matter how disgusting they are.

      However, with a significant influx of Muslim immigrants and guest workers, European governments have become wary of the civil discord that can result from "offending" them, the Danes especially. I don't think it is exaggerating to say that these Muslim communities have been unofficially singled out for a kind of "kid glove" treatment with regard to "respecting their right not to be offended," due to a perceived threat of violence.

      In the past, immigrants have gradually and quietly assimilated to some degree or another into the extant culture of the country and made accommodations. I think friction is arising now mainly because the governments of many of the countries from which the people have emigrated have been dominated by religion and have never had a modern history of granting human rights.

      Similar things have happened in Britain, exacerbated by their approach to slander/libel in civil law, where legal action can be taken against even a true statement. It's a touchy area, but I don't think appeasement is necessarily the answer.

      "A famous person once said, 'You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.' But as I once said, "If you don't teach them to read, you can fool them whenever you like." – Max Headroom

      by midnight lurker on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 06:50:51 PM PDT

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