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Monday, February 06, 2006

Freedom of speech doesn't mean hate speech

What have we done to our diginity, integrity and tolerance in the past few days? The events of these few days are definitely worth discussing, but it is not an opportunity to spread hate speech. Some of the sites in blogspot are intentionally spreading hate materials to brainwash and control the innocent bystanders. Particularly worrisome are the materials on Infidel Blogger Alliance, Thomas the Wraith and many other similar sites and the comments within (WARNING: the contents of these two blogs may be offensive or extremely offensive to some).

At a first glance, I was convinced that they're writing some carefully crafted articles with the intention of not inflaming or insulting people. However, with the escalation of violence due to the Muhammad caricatures across the Middle-east, these webblogs have deliberately intensifying the assult on Islam. With false accusation and propaganda of many kinds, under many disguises.

Being passion about something doesn't give us the right to spread hate speech or write or draw hateful materials. We should exercise restraint and know when or how to prohibit the spread of hate speech. If we can't even exercise freedom of speech under these conditions, we are no better than the Danish newspaper that published the cartoons or the furious Muslim demostrators that torched the embassies.

Whether you're a non-Muslim, or Muslim or whatever religions you're into, we should not spread hate speech. The inaction to stop hate will only decimate the rights and freedom to speak and express.

Mr. Jenkins in this article of Times Online put it the best:

The traditional balance between free speech and respect for the feelings of others is evidently becoming harder to sustain. The resulting turbulence can only feed the propaganda of the right to attack or expel immigrants and those of alien culture. And it can only feed the appetite of government to restrain free speech where it really matters, as in criticising itself.
The freedom of speech is in jeopardy. If we don't act now and show proper restraint we'll be muted either from government censorship or that of the enemy. Wake up bloggers!

2 comments:

liliandorn said...

Nice blog. To the point. Thanks for raising the level of blogs!

speed_demon said...

Thanks for the compliment!

Happy blogging!

speed_demon