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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Having proffered imaginary arguments as they did, perhaps they felt they had already done their part?
    Y'know, when I started this poll, I knew the no vote would win and win substantially. I did expect a few more people to be willing to vote yes, though, given what I had been reading.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    It's disturbing how one can figuratively kick the trash out of a religious figure all day and all night long, but if he takes even 30 seconds to promote a religious figure, it's a full blown national outrage, and God help the poor bastard from that time forward.
    What do you mean? Do you have something specifically that happened in mind?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Of course it should. There are 4 people dead because the government lacks the balls to detain a person that deliberately inflames others to violence.
    Australians don't believe in liberty.
    "He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
    "Fly-over" country voted, and The Donald is now POTUS.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    What do you mean? Do you have something specifically that happened in mind?
    Let's examine Barack Obama's situation with Jeremiah Wright. Why did the President distance himself from his religious leader of 20 years? It was because he knew that if he didn't sever ties with the reverend that this relationship would threaten his election. Now I'm not saying that I am in Barack Obama's camp or Reverend Wright's camp. What I am saying is that people, especially public officials, have had the ability to stand up for their religious convictions taken away from them.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    Let's examine Barack Obama's situation with Jeremiah Wright. Why did the President distance himself from his religious leader of 20 years? It was because he knew that if he didn't sever ties with the reverend that this relationship would threaten his election. Now I'm not saying that I am in Barack Obama's camp or Reverend Wright's camp. What I am saying is that people, especially public officials, have had the ability to stand up for their religious convictions taken away from them.
    If a public figure is unwilling to stand up for their religious convictions because they might lose an election then that's on them for being so weak. Romney takes a lot of crap for being Mormon, but if he suddenly denounced his beliefs, he'd lose all respect.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    If a public figure is unwilling to stand up for their religious convictions because they might lose an election then that's on them for being so weak. Romney takes a lot of crap for being Mormon, but if he suddenly denounced his beliefs, he'd lose all respect.
    Good point. And if Romney continues to stand up for his beliefs, then that will blow my theory out of the water -- which would be perfectly fine in this case.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Australians don't believe in liberty.
    Closet foreign policy - don't say anything that might 'offend' someone.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Of course it should. There are 4 people dead because the government lacks the balls to detain a person that deliberately inflames others to violence.
    We might add that the amabassador was raped, and note that a youtube video had nothing to do with it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    I hate to blow your bubble, David, but there is no proof that Mohammed ever even existed, any more than it can be proven that Jesus Christ ever existed. Both historical figures are too far back in time for there to be any solid record -- the religious texts that created their following are not reliable as a matter of anthropology, archaeology or history.
    They are reliable as a matter of faith, hope and charity. You should try them sometime; your outlook on life may become a whole lot less cynical.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    They are reliable as a matter of faith, hope and charity. You should try them sometime; your outlook on life may become a whole lot less cynical.
    This might be another shocker: I have faith, and although I am not a christian nor a member of any other organized religion, I am a Deist. I merely distinguish between what faith might induce a person to believe and what science can prove, and point out (again) that as a matter of science, there is no proof whatsoever that either Muhammed or Jesus Christ ever actually existed.

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