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March 28, 2008

Afghan Muslims Express Their Feelings About Freedom Of Speech

Topics: Understanding Islam

Apparently "upset" over a radio station near Kabul not being sufficiently "Islamic" for their tastes, they did what any peace-loving follower of the "religion of peace" should do: They set fire to it.

As Craig Chamberlain notes in his piece, "Freedom of Speech and Islam":

[...] Muslims know all too well about limiting freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press are all virtually non existent in Muslim countries and the Muslims are trying to extend their dark ages to the western world.

Muslims want a "legal instrument" to crackdown on "defamation of Islam" which to a muslim can be anything from mocking their "prophet" to raising legitimate questions about their customs.

When is a western leader going to tell these thugs to shut up? The western elites mock Christianity all the time, and Christians take no action, certainly not violent action. How about when Muslims stop burning and killing people over perceived slights of their faith? Since when did Muslims start caring so much about religious tolerance? This is the religion that persecutes non Muslims, the Chaldean leader of Iraq was killed by Islamic thugs, Islamic terrorists are driving Christians out of the Holy Land. And what about the violently anti semitic programs regularly showed on Arab television?

The fact the Muslims are so quick to violence over any criticism of their faith should tell anyone that they have something to hide, and don't want people raising questions. The last thing Islam can stand is Muslims being allowed to think for themselves on religious matters.

Readers will find more on free speech in the Islamic world, rather more accurately - the lack thereof, in Peter Hoekstra's excellent piece titled Islam and Free Speech:
"... free speech is a fundamental right that is the foundation of modern society. Western governments and media outlets cannot allow themselves to be bullied into giving up this precious right due to threats of violence. We must not fool ourselves into believing that we can appease the radical jihadist movement by allowing them to set up parallel societies and separate legal systems, or by granting them special protection from criticism."

Posted by Mike in Iraq at March 28, 2008 10:07 PM

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