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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    I got the following from an interview Jones did with ABC News' Terry Moran last year:

    (L)ast September 11th, we... did a demonstration in remembrance of the men and women that were murdered and also a demonstration against Islam and Sharia law. So we did this last year so this year we thought what can we do and we came up with the idea of the International Burn a Koran Day. Actually for two reasons, the same as last year, to remember those who were killed, murdered on September the 11th and then this year through the whole year we have, we have become more and more aware of the dangers of sharia law and the dangers of radical Islam and that's what this message is geared towards. It is not geared towards the so-called moderate Moslem but its geared towards that radical element to really send a clear message to them that radical Islam, sharia law, sharia courts, what they seem to try to institute after a period of time is not wished in America....

    (W)e feel we feel that a radical message is necessary. We also want to send a message to the moderate Moslem to stay peaceful and moderate. We live in America, we have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, they are more than welcome to be here, worship, build mosques, but we do not want as it appears to be in parts of the world after they gain in numbers in population they begin to push sharia law, that type of government. We expect the Moslems that are here in America to respect honor, obey submit to our constitution.

    Transcript: ABC News' Terry Moran Interviews Pastor Terry Jones - ABC News
    Considering what we're seeing in Europe with Sharia, I think an "in your face" protest like this ("Don't try to tell me what I can do in my own country") is perfectly legitimate, whether one believes Jones is being disingenuous or not. If anyone thinks he has another motive, feel free to offer up some evidence beyond inference and/or opinion. And trying to hold someone accountable for exercising a basic right because of what terrorists in a foreign country might do is bull****. I mean, don't you think when you hit people with missiles and bombs you're inciting them? Weren't they already incited with 150,000 foreign troops? Does anyone seriously think foreigners would be safe from the Taliban in Afghanistan under any circumstance?
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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I'm sure you would like to say many things, Anda, but by characterizing the intelligence necessary to discern one thing from another as a "conservative" charasteric, you not only cede an awful lot of territory to this imagined conservatism of yours, but you place yourself on the opposite side of it.
    Nnnnnn. Diversion.

    What is conservative about your approach is to assume that there is an essential difference between the interests of the state and the interests of all other stake-holders in society, i.e. the individual, private corporations, religious bodies, voluntary syndicates etc. It is also a conservative argument, and strangely a particularly north American one, that sees the regulatory behaviour of government as uniquely coercive, as against the coercive behaviour that other social forces exert. This is particularly noticeable here on DP in the arguments of 'libertarians' who call for the ending of coercive governmental actions but are happy to leave the violently coercive activities of corporations to continue unmolested.

    What is politics, itself, if not the detailing of the relationship between the individual and the state?
    It is. I don't understand your point. Who has denied that there is a relationship between the individual and the state? I just guess that we envisage a quite different kind of relationship.
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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I do believe you should distinguish between said activity when conducted by an individual and when conducted by a state or multi-state institution. The actual signal of the ending of free speech is when these states and multi-state institutions act to limit the expressions of free speech by an individual.

    To give an example, there has been a movement within the United Nations to characterize the criticism of Islam as an act of bigotry that should not be tolerated. Indeed, within much of Islam, such criticism is not only forbidden, but in many cases punishable by rather severe means. The meme being promoted here is the conflation of the criticism of an ideology with an irrational bigotry, fostered currently in various sub-communities here in the west through various disincentives that take the form of social ostracism -- the scorn of political correctness acting to limit the ability to voice such criticism. As of now, there is no real infringement of free speech here in America, however, since the state does not act to prevent the expression of such criticism.

    You notion that it is necessary to prevent the exercize of free speech for some in order to foster free speech is certainly a contradiction shared by many in Britain, but in failing to distinguish between the actions of an individual and the actions of a state, you fail to understand the essential nature of the actual rights involved.
    What is imposed as political correctness today will become a law tomorrow. Law often comes from accepted tradition of some people. That is why all attempts to curb freedom on individual level are pregnant with actions of any state. That is a principle. I think that political correctness may be dangerous that way.

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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Using freedom of speech to provoke murderers.
    This is a principal question. When I am within law do I have to think of possible reaction of murderers, abnormal people, maniacs, crazy people? A reaction is often unpredictable. So I better keep silence, right?
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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by grig View Post
    This is a principal question. When I am within law do I have to think of possible reaction of murderers, abnormal people, maniacs, crazy people? A reaction is often unpredictable. So I better keep silence, right?
    Actually I doubt any of these people would've tested positive in any medical sense for mania, mental illness, or possibly the 'abnormal because i burned their holy book and they want to kill me like Indiana Jones couldnt figure that out while I occupy their country syndrome'

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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by grig View Post
    This is a principal question. When I am within law do I have to think of possible reaction of murderers, abnormal people, maniacs, crazy people? A reaction is often unpredictable. So I better keep silence, right?
    That's your choice, but don't expect me to come to your defense if you get shot in the face for provoking a murderer.

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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    That's your choice, but don't expect me to come to your defense if you get shot in the face for provoking a murderer.
    You're a Liberal. Most of us don't expect anything of you.

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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

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    You're a Liberal. Most of us don't expect anything of you.
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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    That's your choice, but don't expect me to come to your defense if you get shot in the face for provoking a murderer.
    Um, at the risk of stating the obvious, I think they already were provoked. Their homes are being hit with missiles and special operations raids, and their country is occupied by more than 150,000 foreign troops, thanks in large part to BObama. If they're pissed at anyone, it's him. Will you defend him?
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    Re: 8 killed in protest at UN office in Northern Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahlevah View Post
    Um, at the risk of stating the obvious, I think they already were provoked. Their homes are being hit with missiles and special operations raids, and their country is occupied by more than 150,000 foreign troops, thanks in large part to BObama. If they're pissed at anyone, it's him. Will you defend him?
    I think many of them are pissed at the United States in general...with good reason. As far as defending Obama - if you mean in terms of being in Afghanistan, then I don't really support him or not - he came into office with a war and he's working to end it - it is what it is.

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