If I were a Muslim, this would really piss me off.

February 20th, 2006

British historian David Irving has been sentenced to three years in an Austrian prison for denying the Holocaust 17 years ago.

If I were a Muslim, best cialis try I’d ask why Europeans are so quick to defend free speech when it’s Islam that’s being insulted, online but just as quick to crack down on it when it’s Judaism that’s being attacked.

I feel the same way. It’s hypocritical to defend one form of free speech and not the other.

Of course, my solution would be to allow MORE free speech for everyone, not less.

Personally, I’m much more frightened by a government jailing someone for what they said, then I could ever be by some moron denying the Holocaust.

Entry Filed under: Golden Rule Breakers,Observations,Philosophy,Politics

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. steveegg  |  February 20th, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    You have to remember there is no true (continental) European equivalent to the First Amendment, and there’s no recognition on the part of the Europeans that rights are inherent in the people, not doled out by the government. Indeed, those are uniquely-American concepts, concepts actively no longer taught in public schools or defended by most of the media and one of the two political parties.

    They also don’t recognize that these fatal flaws inevitably lead to societies not unlike those in Germany, Austria, Italy and the former Soviet Union in the 1930s.

  • 2. scott  |  February 20th, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    I agree with the original post.

    Stevegg: I dare say our own beloved country is dancing on the edge of totalitarian ruin as we speak, uniquely American concepts of rights notwithstanding. Right now your freedoms are being infringed by the Bush administration.

  • 3. Clint  |  February 21st, 2006 at 5:28 am

    But Scotty,

    Did you object at all to Clinton using the IRS as an attack dog on his politcal enemies? Did you have a problem with Clinton doing more invasive wire tapping when we were not at war?

    My freedoms and rights (unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness) are being infringed upon by every tax happy politician in the city, state and country.

  • 4. Melinda Omdahl  |  February 21st, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    AMEN Clint! Speak on Brother man!

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