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  • In an (hypothetical) state where church and law are separated, anti-blasphemy laws are unconstitutional, and blasphemy must be protected as freedom of speech.

    Classical example : it's an historical truth, and for Christians a religious truth as well, to assert that Jesus died on the cross. For Muslims it's a blasphemy. Muslims believe that a ghost died on the cross in place of Jesus (a major prophet of Islam with Ibrahim and Muhammad) while Jesus was taken to Heaven by angels, because God would never let a

    • I agree. Say what you want to say. "That offends me" is not a reason to limit anyone's rights. If it offends you, don't listen. If you are for some reason held captive and forced to listen (as might be the case in compulsory education, for example), then we need to find legal remedies for that violation of your rights, which can be done without limiting anybody else's.

      "That offends God" is an even worse reason to limit somebody's freedom. Leave the matter between God and the person who offended Him.

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      • Initially I was offended by the principal that someone could get into trouble for wearing a Tshirt, that surely the wearing of a Tshirt should be considered an expression of free speach, and that this conviction illustrated an immaturity in our culture.
        There is another aspect to this however. I believe the incident occured on a public beach, which was likley to have a mixture of people upon it, the young, the elderly etc. Should he have thought, before leaving the house, that such a Tshirt might be inapropriatte for such an occasion, and might be best left to be worn at a club, or metal pub?

        I still think the punishment is excessive for the crime but the balance between freedom of expression versus responsibility for ones actions and the depiction of graphic acts without considering the feelings of those watching makes me question my views on this.
        • Well, I think in general it's the responsibility of the parents to shield their children as they choose in public.

          I also think the problem could be solved by having private ownership of many of these public places, so then different privately-owned attractions could compete by having different standards of what is allowed.

          As it is, the government owns these places and so as property owner it gets to set the standards. And that means that the standard is set by democracy. But democracy does not always

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • Next thing you know, the public will be demanding freedom of speech, no matter where they are or who they are!

          We've got to nip this in the bud, and show people that they're really only allowed to offend people when it's not going to offend people. Otherwise, who could foresee what chaos might erupt?

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