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'Slander' And Free Speech Are One And The Same

Ric47 Wrote: Sep 28, 2012 10:14 AM
There is a difference between "is it right to ..." and "do I have a right to ...". I have the right to insult someone I am soliciting for a favor. On the other hand, if the insult would result in the favor being denied, would that insult was the right thing to do? We certainly have the right to say what we think is true about Islam, no matter how Muslims might react to it. But is it always right to do so? Those who think Islam is a despicable religion might think some speech disparaging Islam is true and may defend, even celebrate such disparaging speech. But given our need to work with Muslim majority nations for out own interests, is such speech the right speech to make?
Big O7 Wrote: Sep 28, 2012 12:57 PM
No, it's not always right to speak up and declare the truth. Sometimes (isn't my newborn beautiful? / does this dress make me look fat?) it's best to remain quiet. Avoid deliberate offense. Point made. Point taken.
However, telling the truth about something as important as the prophet of one of the world's great religions is far, far, too important to refrain in an effort to avoid offending the believers. To reamin quiet while this death cult grows in numbers, power and influence, is not right either. While we literally discuss passing laws against insulting a long-dead violent, racist pedophile (and those are just his good points!) we embolden and empower them in their efforts to use our own tolerance against us.
UltraMan Wrote: Sep 28, 2012 11:56 AM
Yes, it's always the right thing to do is speak up.

By not speaking up you give the impression that you're accepting them and their actions.

Who said the following: "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

Iran's Ahmadinejad? Egypt's Morsi? Some little-known, fatwa-flinging cleric increasing the bounty on Salman Rushdie's head?

None of the above. The words are President Obama's, and he spoke them this week to the U.N. General Assembly.

No Big Media outlet reported this stunning pronouncement. It's as if Ronald Reagan addressed the National Association of Evangelicals in 1983 and the media failed to report that he used the phrase "evil empire." To make the comparison more direct, imagine if a Republican president declared that "the future must not belong...