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Some stories speak for themselves

by on Feb.10, 2006, under General

This story touched me in a great way, as did some of the things on the memorial site. I had to post and encourage others to look. I pray now for all the lives lost due to senseless violence.

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In defense of free speech

by on Feb.08, 2006, under General

Ok, this has been hitting the sites, so had to talk about it a bit here:
– I’ve got a link on the bottom right that goes to this page as well. Basically, a lot of Islamic nations and various religious groups are upset over a serious of political cartoons produced in a newspaper in Denmark. These cartoons apparently portray the prophet Muhammad in a manner that upsets a lot of people. The results are a bit more though than a simple “upset” considering there has now been efforts to boycott Danish products, bomb threats, violence, flag burning, and numerous other VERY heavy handed actions.

I had to post my support for these guys for a major reason – the simple fact that the ability to speak one’s own mind, to say what one wishes in ANY situation is a requirement for basic human rights. Now, there is a requirement that such freedom of speech not have an effect (i.e. shouting fire in a crowded theatre), but satire – which comics are – is definitely not such a case. Saying falsehoods in a newspaper are definitely wrong, but the ability of a person to speak their own mind, and express their own views, to publish commentary in a manner that may be provoking is part of free speech, the freedom to express thoughts and opinions. These aren’t being presented as fact, merely political/religious commentary.

The reactions by so many, deriding these comics and deriding the actions of the publishers is to me unacceptable. Yes, it’s good to keep in mind the sensitivities of people – however, there ARE limits. And, I think people today are overly sensitive to issues that they shouldn’t be. If you’re really secure in your beliefs, these shouldn’t bother you in the slightest. I can understand censoring/restricting hate messages – i.e. some of the Nazi/Holocost images being spread in a Jewish community would cause a great deal of stress, but this is WAY over the top.

Ok, I’m not speaking coherently right now – but everyone gets the point, my message, and my views on this topic. I’d highly recommend everyone to join and support the ACLU – I’ve got the link on the side, as they support such issues here in the US. Civil liberties ARE important – some of the most important things that makes the United States a place worth calling home.

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CoComments Conversations

by on Feb.08, 2006, under General

Here’s a nifty little utility from CoComments – it keeps track of all of my comments on different blogs.

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