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People have rights; ideas don't have rights

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It appears that I have two choices:  So large that it won't fit, or so small so that you can't read the caption.  Here's what the text says: 

Every ideology must be subjected to open, free discussion in regard to its value or otherwise, without fear or reprisal.  No exceptions.  "Islamophobia" is not racism, any more than "Communistophobia" or "Fascistophobia" would be, because Islam is an idea, not a race.  In a civilised society, no idea - religious, political or philosophical - can claim any special treatment, or be set beyond the reach of empirical evidence.  Support free speech.  Support people.

Do you agree or disagree?

Let's discuss.

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Asked by jsbenkert at 9:12 AM on Apr. 4, 2013 in Religious Debate

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Answers (10)
  • It's rather large - let me see if I can find a way to reduce the image to fit. In the meantime, you get the idea . . .

    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 9:13 AM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • I completely agree with that. For a society to truly be free, progress & grow, ideas must be accountable to investigation & examination.

    Answer by 3libras at 9:23 AM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • I agree

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 9:40 AM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • I agree

    Answer by Dardenella at 10:06 AM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • Agree.

    wow ... not much of a discussion is it?

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 12:24 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • The quote makes sense to me. Muslims deserve to be treated with respect, but Islam should be open to debate and discussion. In a perfect world, that's how it should be with the premises and followers of any ligion. But human beings, religious or otherwise, don't tend to live by those rules.

    Answer by Ballad at 1:43 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • agree.

    (are the short ppl kids?)

    Answer by okmanders at 3:03 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • The problem is that most of those who want Islam open for debate and discussion do not want the same for their own faith (see: every person who thinks "Happy Zombie Jesus Day" is a personal insult, or who doesn't see an issue with public prayer, or who supports teaching creationism in school)

    It's not enough to say we can show a picture of Muhammad, there must also be agreement that people can openly voice their objection to Christianity without 800 lawsuits being filed about how they're being oppressed.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:21 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • In a civilised society, no idea - religious, political or philosophical - can claim any special treatment, or be set beyond the reach of empirical evidence. Support free speech. Support people.
    IA. But makes me question why people continually fight to have prayer put back into schools, gays to not be treated equally or why there hasn't been an atheist in a political office.
    Seems there are some that want "special" treatment in this society.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 4:41 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • Why should one group get respect but not another!!! Yes I agree people ALL PEOPLE HAVE RIGHTS not just a select few.

    Answer by Fairymom32 at 8:39 PM on May. 5, 2013

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