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posted by martyb on Tuesday November 13 2018, @12:50PM   Printer-friendly
from the Room-101-dept dept.

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.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @05:20AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @05:20AM (#761611)

    But you can't incite hate. That's the law she broke. It has nothing to do with "free" speech.

    It has everything to do with free speech. If you want to censor something, then at least be brave enough to admit you want to do so, rather than hiding behind more comforting terminology like a coward.

    Speech has never been totally free. For instance you can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater.

    The reason given for that is that it creates a clear and imminent danger. Merely inciting hatred does not necessarily do that, and so it does not meet that standard.

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