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To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed. ~Rowan Atkinson (commenting in 2004 on Britain`s proposed Racial and Religious Hatred Bill)
I don't know if Britain passed that bill, but the idea behind it seems a bit peculiar to me, as well. Quite frankly, I'd be surprised if someone in the U.S. hasn't proposed such a law, considering the bizarre rash of unbelievable bills being proposed and passed all over the country lately.
We had a brief discussion about this topic before, but I came across this quote again, and wanted to revisit it. We criticize political stands. We criticize parenting choices. We criticize lifestyles. All of these things are personal, some based on deeply held beliefs. Why should religion be held to a different standard? Why shouldn't it be criticized?
If you think that religion is off-limits to negative scrutiny, do you think that no religion deserves criticism? If you feel that some are deserving of scrutiny and criticism, why those and not all?Answer Question
Answer by popzaroo at 10:38 AM on Apr. 27, 2012
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