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In Uncategorized on August 22, 2012 at 10:48

Freedom to speak only inoffensively is not worth having

Lord Justice Sedley

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2012 at 10:44

… everyone being allowed to think what he wishes and say what he thinks

Spinoza

So offended…

In freedom on April 18, 2012 at 06:00

I actually think freedom of speech and expression means people should grow over being offended by what others think or say. Just ignore them or laugh at them. I feel it is religious fanatics and nationalists who get offended the most – so why we should join them? People should be allowed to ridicule them freely if they want to and also to explain freely why they are wrong. I think the open discussion is always better than kindergarten-ish, immature “I’m offended and I’m reporting you” attitude. In some cases ignoring somebody may work wonders. Imagine a preacher screaming on a street corner “You’ll go to Hell if you don’t listen to me!” And nobody even turn his or her head… That’s humiliation.


Words “stupid”, “ugly”, “fat” are very offending. Would they be banned one day? At the moment its looks like the most important is the size of minority somebody has offended. If its negligible or powerless to protest – its OK…


All this charges for inciting violence and even just hatred… It is peoples choice what to say. It is your choice either plunge yourself into hatred and violence because of what you heard – or not. It is your personal responsibility.

I think kids should be educated to think free, to try to understand others, to count possible consequences of their own actions.  Not to be afraid to be persecuted for saying something offencive to somebody else. There is no freedom, no free thinking in that. And if you have an opinion there almost always will be somebody offended by it.

Persona non grata in Israel

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2012 at 09:39

FM Lieberman says German author who labeled Israel ‘threat to world peace’ would be willing to ‘sacrifice Jewish nation to sell a few more books.’ Yishai: His poems fan the flames of hatred against Israel

Attila SomfalviPublished:

04.08.12, 12:35 / Israel News  

Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Guenter Grass Persona non grata in Israel, this after the German Nobel literature laureate published a poem in which he criticized Israel’s nuclear program and labeled the Jewish state a threat to “already fragile world peace” over its stance on Iran.

 Yishai’s move means that Grass, 84, would not be permitted to enter Israel if he asked to do so. “Grass’ poems fan the flames of hatred against Israel and the Israeli people, thus promoting the idea he was a part of when donned an SS uniform. His distorted poems are not welcome in Israel and might receive a following in Iran,” the minister said.

Saudi Journalist Tweets Against Prophet Muhammad, Gets Death Sentence

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2012 at 07:04

by | Sunday, 12th Feb 2012

With its rising popularity, Twitter has given a new meaning to free speech and highly engaging global communications. However, this popularity has come for a price. The opinions and sentiments that people tweet are being used as evidence against them, increasingly. This threatens the aura around Twitter, and the recent censorship attempts by various governments taint its image further.

Recently, A Saudi Journalist, Hamza Kashgari, was extradited from Malaysia, for making seemingly blasphemous remarks on Prophet Muhammad. To make matters worse, Interpol was forced to hand over Kashgari. This same Interpol is supposed to remain politically neutral, and not intervene on cases of military, religious or racial nature. Article 3 of the Interpol’s constitution clearly states that

It is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.

The Guardian reports this incident, saying,

Kashgari, a newspaper columnist, fled Saudi Arabia after posting a tweet on the prophet’s birthday that sparked more than 30,000 responses and several death threats. The posting, which was later deleted, read: “I have loved things about you, I have hated things about you, and there is a lot I don’t understand about you … I will not pray for you.”

Kasgari is a 23-year-old journalist and faces the death penalty for this deed. This matter proves once again that regional laws govern the use of Twitter. It is only time before someone points a finger at the things we tweet.

Poland fines pop music star for blasphemy

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 16:54

Poland last week fined one its pop music stars $1,450 for stating in an interview several years ago that the Bible is full of “unbelievable tales” that are hard to accept because “it’s hard to believe in something written down by someone drunk on wine and smoking some kind of herbs.”

Dorota Rabczewska, otherwise known as Doda, was charged under a law that protects the feelings and sentiments of religious believers in the heavily Roman Catholic country. The law dictates that charges are brought if at least two complaints are filed. Doda’s statements apparently bothered a sufficient number of people, including Ryszard Nowak, chairman of the Christian advocacy organization Committee for the Defence Against Sects, who said: 

“It is clear that Doda thinks that the Bible was written by drunkards and junkies. I believe that she committed a crime and offended the religious feelings of both Christians and Jews.” ….

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2011 at 07:59

In a free state there should be freedom of speech and thought.

Tiberius (via dostthouquotethme)

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