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Masturbating With a Crucifix in a Film… No Riots?

Freedom of speech = bedrock of the civilized world

The most fundamental tenet of a free society is freedom of speech (see my earlier post on this topic here). That right cannot be tempered as a means of ensuring that some group’s religious feelings are not hurt. To soften one’s speech as a result of fearing violence implies that we do not have free speech. One cannot be pregnant and a virgin (unless it is the Immaculate Conception of course); a believer in God and an atheist. Similarly, there cannot be free speech on all matters except when it comes to the sensibilities of one particular group. Either we have the right to criticize all religions, beliefs, and ideologies, or we have universal blasphemy laws that forbid us from criticizing any religion. Which society would you prefer to live in?

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