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Old 03-29-2006, 02:41 PM   #421
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Originally posted by A_Wanderer
I don't disagree that if people want to engage in a dialogue then they must act with decorum but what you have been saying is that Reliigious beliefs must be put in a special category beyond mockery and possibly criticism. That cannot happen in a free society, there is no double standard on the matter - other religions are open to the same scrutiny.

I found this about the Mohammed Cartoons. It's from freedomhouse.org 02/13/2006

"Finally, amid current calls for "toleration" and "respect for belief," we need to be very clear about the distinction between religious toleration and religious freedom.

Religious toleration means not insulting somebody else's religion, and it is a good thing. But religious freedom means being free to reject somebody else's religion and even to insult it. Government should want and encourage its citizens to be tolerant of one another, but its primary responsibility is to protect its citizens' rights and freedoms. The fact that people are sometimes insulted is one cost of freedom. The Jyllands-Posten affair calls us to uphold that principle internationally as well as domestically."

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Old 03-30-2006, 10:45 AM   #422
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Let's see what Reginald of Zipperfish.com has to say.


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Old 03-30-2006, 10:55 AM   #423
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Just for the record, here's a piece by Turkish Prime Ministier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Liuz Rodrigues Zapatero on the controversy. http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/02/...n/edprimes.php

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