As the days go by our hard won freedoms and liberty are slowly being eroded. In Europe a crushing blow has been made to freedom of speech with a European Court of Human Rights upholding a conviction for saying that the person known as Muhammad ten centuries ago was technically a paedophile based on information in historical texts. The statement was made in reference to Muhammad's marriage to a six year old child name called Aisha. The court found that “Presenting objects of religious worship in a provocative way capable of hurting the feelings of the followers of that religion could be conceived as a malicious violation of the spirit of tolerance, which was one of the bases of a democratic society.”. In giving its ruling that "Muhammad was not a worthy subject of worship" the court has additionally demonstrated a complete misunderstanding as to the religion involved which worships "Allah", a word meaning 'God', not 'Muhammad' who claimed to be a prophet of this god. Freedom of speech is dying.
(Score: 5, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 13 2018, @02:09PM (2 children)
Defenders of free speech are frequently accosted by individuals who have formed in their minds the notion that if you are defending the right to speech, then surely you must be advocating or agreeing with the speech that is being presented.
(Score: 4, Interesting) by Pino P on Tuesday November 13 2018, @05:45PM
Remind these individuals of what Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote in The Friends of Voltaire: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
(Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Wednesday November 14 2018, @12:01AM
Web Communications at first, then later WebCom. It was the world's first commercial hosting service, and Zündel was one of our customers.
The two owners, Thomas Leavitt and Chris Scheffler is as left as they come. Thomas was later sued by right-wing radio host Michael Savage for his Savage Stupidity website, on the basis was Thomas was cutting into Savage's ad revenue.
The entire nation of Germany blocked our IP address. Some of our customers were German, many of our customers had good reason to reach German users.
But Thomas and Chris stood firm - and all us employees agreed with him.
This was in late 1997 or early '98, I don't clearly recall.
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