Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blasphemy

Here is an opinion worth reading:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/10/column-just-say-no-to-blasphemy-laws-.html

The free marketplace of ideas is a brutal place. Once in, be expected to be criticized, evaluated, judged, ridiculed, mocked, and embarrassed.

I am willing to be mocked for my ideas. I am an adult. That's what adults do.

No religious idea on earth has some kind of a right not to be criticized or mocked. That includes ideas from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, and deism.

Islamic countries have laws to prevent blasphemy against Islam. We in the West shouldn't have blasphemy laws about any religion. Not even Christianity enjoys this privilege in this most Christian of countries. Why should any other religion?

Freedom of thought and speech is far more important than religious sensibilities, yet I continue to be amazed about how much the Left is willing to compromise on this fundamental issue except in the case of Christianity, which is continually abused with glee and abandon by the all-of-a-sudden-respectful-of-solemnly-held-religious-beliefs-as-long-as-they're-not-Christian Left.

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