Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tweet of the Day

From @smokenfog

Dear Muslims, freedom of expression doesn't only revolves around burqa, it also covers right to burn any book u want & say whatever u want.

I agree! I find it very hypocritical that the many people who choose to identify themselves primarily  as "Muslims"  have no problem with using freedom of religion and expression to defend what they hold dear and opposing the very same values when it offends them. Either you are for freedom of religion and expression or you are not. Pick a side and stick to it!


  1. not pose any threat to Islam. Its just a hate crime....racism.
    If they have some genuine reservations about Islam, they should come up with criticism and engage in discussions with Muslim scholars.

    Also, masking racist attacks in the name of "freedom" is also an attack on freedom.

  2. I don't know why i accidentally deleted part of my previous comment. Here I go again:
    Freedom does extend to Burning scriptures considered sacred by some and drawing derogatory caricatures of people revered by others but whats the point? If someone has a problem with an ideology/religion, they should come up with criticism and engage in discussion with followers of that ideology/religion.

  3. I beg to differ. The freedom to wear what you want is not equivalent to the freedom to say what you want, especially when it is directed at causing harm. Freedom of speech is limited, constitutionally, even in Canada (Sections 318-320 of the Criminal Code), but less so in America. That's why the term 'hate speech' exists,for example. See http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/freedom-speech/ for a good starter.

    To reiterate,I am simply commenting in this response to this statement: "Either you are for freedom of religion and expression or you are not." I don't think it's either-or. The freedom to say anything you want is not the same freedom that burqa-defenders rely upon. Otherwise you would consider this acceptable too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkZhAtNfcBE (I don't.)

  4. Wait,to correct myself in the second para - I'm saying that I don't think freedom of religion is equivalent to freedom of expression. They are two different things. Limits can,do,and should (in my humble opinion) exist on the absolute, unfettered freedom of expression. Limits should not exist on freedom of religion.