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Thread: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Muhammed a Crime? [W:636]

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Absolutely not. We have free speech in this country, and the limitations on free speech should be as minor as humanly possible.
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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fair View Post
    Yes
    Abbas Barzegar has written Nothing Farcical About anti-Muhammad Film which discusses the free speech versus hate speech implications of this film:
    Why stop at making certain forms of speech a crime?Why not make certain thoughts illegal also while you are at it?<sarcasm>.

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Why of course






    NOT.
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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Define "US".
    As I have posted more than once, we are speaking of dangerous barbaric savages(stone agers).
    So we must be very careful with these things..However, a private citizen - such as Romney can say whatever he pleases....but he too must be sensitive, there are too many Islamics, and too many "news hawks".

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    It certainly should be discouraged in the name of common sense but not made illegal.

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    I'm torn on this issue.

    On the one hand, free speech should be protected at all costs.

    However, when one's free speech is directly responsible for violence towards innocent people all over the world I do wonder if some responsibility for that rests with the "speaker"?

    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

    A joke about a bomb on an airplane?
    Making a verbal threat towards the president?
    Libel and slander?
    Conspiracy?

    Aren't those non-violent actions that result in criminal charges where one could easily argue freedom of speech?

    The d!ckwad that wrote and produced that stupid trash movie knew exactly what the outcome might be.
    We all know what might happen if we do the same thing.

    Now multiple people, who had nothing to do with the movie or the sentiment behind it, are dead.

    Why can't the people who made that movie be held accountable?

    Does my right to free speech supersede your right to live?

    The flip side of that is: If you know something is offensive - just ignore it and/or don't volunteer to witness it.

    Salman Rushdie should be able to write any book he chooses to write. People have the right not to buy it and not to read it. They can ignore it.

    I think intent and context go a long way in these kinds of issues.

    Was the movie simply hate speech designed to incite violence? If so, I see no reason that somebody should not be held responsible for their consequences.

    I can easily go back and forth on this.

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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Absolutely not!

    We should leave that to the British.
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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    I'm torn on this issue.

    On the one hand, free speech should be protected at all costs.

    However, when one's free speech is directly responsible for violence towards innocent people all over the world I do wonder if some responsibility for that rests with the "speaker"?
    No, what is directly responsible for violence is violent and ignorant people who don't value human rights.

    The filmmaker bears no responsibility for the reactions of others whatsoever. His film may be crap, but he's allowed to make crap.

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    re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Muhammed a Crime? [W:636]

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Simple question (I hope it's obvious I mean the Prophet Muhammed, I just couldn't include that in the title due to space limitations)?

    Edit: Crap, I hit "go" before I had a chance to post the poll (and it won't let me delete my OP, so I can try again). Can a poll still be added?

    Edit2: Ok, I figured it out.
    I don't think it's polite or smart in this case to deliberately instigate waaaaaaaaaaaaay over the top emotionally charged and IMHO unreasonable reactions from arguably some of the most dangerous people on the face of the earth today. However, free speech is part of the fabric that makes free people free. In my humble opinion what we should do instead is to take steps to end our unhealthy entanglement with that part of the world driven by the current condution of oil, which holds a monoply on American transportation, being crucial to our economic survival. What we need is emergency implementation of a comprehensive energy plan with the end goal of moving us off of oil except for military and aviation as a national security mandate.

    I do think there could be a legal argument for suing for civil damages if people have done things like burn the Koran after the Stare Department asked them not to and as expected some crazy kills an innocent person in retaliation. I think the family of that innocent person should be able to sue for deliberately provoking the killing especially if they've been pleaded with at the highest levels of our government not to.
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    Re: Should The US Make Speech That's Critical or Disparaging of Mohammed a Crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    not only no, but hayulls' no. This isn't Canada.
    And Canada is a more advanced(socially) than we are.

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