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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @05:27AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @05:27AM (#761613)

    You probably do not have kids.

    Irrelevant. In fact, it's a complete non sequitur.

    Actions have consequences

    Yeah, like physically assaulting someone because you were offended by their speech.

    It does not matter who is "right" here, if I call someone ugly because this someone IS ugly, I can still expect a slap in the face.

    And the one who physically assaulted you can expect to go to jail, which is exactly what should happen.

    There is nothing absurd about that. Its how the world works.

    It's absurd and barbaric. If that's how the world works, then you need to get to changing it instead of defending the status quo. Instead, you, in all your authoritarian wisdom, decide to support restrictions on speech that some deem offensive because some people could respond to the speech with violence.