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Old 01-31-2006, 11:50 PM   #31
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And that goal proved the hypothesis, if there wasn't this level of outrage and demands for censorship then those who say that these community leaders are against free speech would be lying.
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"The modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position, insisting on special consideration of their own religious feelings. It is incompatible with temporal democracy and freedom of speech, where you must be ready to put up with insults, mockery and ridicule. It is certainly not always equally attractive and nice to look at, and it does not mean that religious feelings should be made fun of at any price, but that is less important in this context. [...] we are on our way to a slippery slope where no-one can tell how the self-censorship will end. That is why Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten has invited members of the Danish editorial cartoonists union to draw Muhammad as they see him. [...
Jyllands-Posten is not the Christian Magazine.

Also the Islamic Society of Denmark brought fake cartoons aroung the Middle East to stir the pot and attributed them to the Danish paper.
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:58 PM   #33
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( ^ re: first post above)

Yes, fair enough, I'll agree to that. But I'm enough of a prudent diplomat/brainwashed apologist, whichever you prefer, to question whether they'll achieve anything substantive in the long run for having forced that reaction.

Yes, I knew about the fakes.
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Free speech gets dismantled piece by piece and we have to know the margins - be it cartoons of Mohammed or Bush is exterminating Muslims at the behest of the Likudnik neo-con fascists with his war for zionism protest banners. The merit of the speech is irrelevent, if people pay attention is irrelevent but making the statements and not facing government dissapearence or death threats is relevent and those freedoms should be defended at every turn.

I think exactly the same thing about the South Australian attorney general trying to shut down a white supremacist website that advocates race hate. It is disgusting speech to be sure, but if those Nazi's can spew their bile then I think that the rest of us can be sure that our speech is also protected. Same goes to the shit being peddled out of the Brunswick mosque in Melbourne.
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:19 AM   #35
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Yeah, I know, but I'm just not confident deeming those situations equivalent to this. Offensive speech as spontaneous expression of already existing prejudices is one thing. But planned offensive speech as social engineering project of sorts, which to me is what that statement of purpose reads like--I am just not so sure.

We're probably just going in circles at this point, though. I fully respect and appreciate your perspective, it's just I don't share your conviction that we must never pause to question the motives. Not advocating censorship--just skepticism.

Ironically, I fear Jyllands-Posten's apology (or expression of regret, whichever; how different are those words in Danish?) may have undercut their original intent, anyways.
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I see the use of the blood libel and anti-Jewish propaganda by Arab governments as a form of social control. Directing hatred against the "zionist entity" is a useful means of preventing dissent against the regimes. On that level I differentiate it. But it is relevent when Arab governments come to the table with boycotts and condemnation against countries because of the publications in an independent paper.

I am not saying that we shouldn't question motive, the motive here was to ilicit a response to test a hypothesis. One that deals with the self censorship that has been recognised since at least 1989 and that has only grown since then. The moves towards what are essentially blasphemy laws in the western world are so very retrograde and I think that this sort of agitation can help people see the true nature of it's supporters.

They apologised for offence caused and not publishing the cartoons. I think that the apology is disengenous and they shouldn't have given it. I would just issue a statement affirming the value of free speech and the need for it to be preserved.
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It seems that some sanity still exists
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The government has suffered two shock defeats over attempts to overturn Lords changes to the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.

In a blow to Tony Blair's authority, MPs voted by 288 votes to 278 to back a key Lords amendment to the bill, which targets incitement to religious hatred.

The prime minister voted in the first division but not in the second, which was lost by one vote.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke told MPs the bill would now become law.

Mr Clarke claimed what had happened had been "a purely political act" by Tories, Lib Dems and members of his own side to defeat the government, rather than a genuine consideration of the issues in the bill.

The bill was aimed at extending the concept of the UK's race hate laws to cover belief but critics said ministers' proposals would have made it too wide-reaching.
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Now to bring some of that common sense down to the arse end of the world.
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French and German papers run Danish Islam cartoons

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PARIS (Reuters) - Newspapers in France and Germany reprinted Danish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday, saying press freedom was more important than the protests and boycotts the cartoons have sparked across the Muslim world.

The Danish embassy in Damascus was evacuated after a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax and Syria recalled its ambassador from Denmark in protest against the cartoons, one of which shows the Prophet Mohammed wearing a turban shaped like a bomb.

In Copenhagen, security police met Islamic leaders in a bid to calm reactions there. Muslims consider images of prophets distasteful and caricatures blasphemous.
Perhaps the rest of the world can reprint the cartoons and the boycott will become global.
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Does anyone have a link or can post the Cartoons that the muslims are so mad about.
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I don't see anything wrong with that. I see it as Islam Exploding in to something it should not, which is falsehood thanks to extremests.
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and some people might not see anything wrong with naked pictures of your sister


you might be outraged
and others might say
"I don't see anything wrong with that."
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The point is People get so easily offended by things. Like I said many times, listen to this Carlos Mencia who is a comdedian and how he talks about people being wimps today and whine and bitch about eveything.
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I dont have a sister. So
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