"In our present-day society, whoever dishonors the faith of Israel, its image of God or its great personalities, is fined. Whoever scorns the Koran and the basic convictions of Islam is fined, too.
"Instead, with regard to Christ and to what is sacred for Christians, freedom of opinion seems to be the supreme good, and to limit this would seem to threaten or even destroy tolerance and freedom in general. Freedom of opinion, though, finds its limit in this, that it cannot destroy the honor and the dignity of the other; it is not freedom to lie or to destroy human rights.
"The West reveals here a hatred of itself, which is strange and can be only considered pathological; the West is laudably trying to open itself, full of understanding, to external values, but it no longer loves itself; in its own history, it now sees only what is deplorable and destructive, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure..."
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Answer by zanzeebeel at 12:00 AM on Dec. 5, 2009
I don't know. I believe in freedom of speech but I know in Europe they have a lot of problems because so many people of different cultures are coming together and its their way of trying protect citizens from discrimination. I think I would have to live there to fully understand why they feel these laws are important.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:45 AM on Dec. 5, 2009
The source is a speech from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - now Pope Benedict - entitled "If Europe Hates Itself" - pretty much about the decline of the Christian west, but specifically Europe. I think America hates itself too.
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