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concealment writes "In the face of the violence that frequently results from anti-religious expression, some world leaders seem to be losing their patience with free speech. After a video called “Innocence of Muslims” appeared on YouTube and sparked violent protests in several Muslim nations last month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that “when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected.”

It appears that the one thing modern society can no longer tolerate is intolerance. As Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard put it in her recent speech before the United Nations, “Our tolerance must never extend to tolerating religious hatred.”"

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Shut up and play nice: How the Western world is limiting free speech

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  • Free speech means you can say WHATEVER the fuck you want without being persecuted for it, end of story. That includes Westboro Baptist Church, Julian Assange, and the KKK. The second you make a limit it's no longer free, it's limited speech. Where does this sort of rhetoric end? If you're no longer allowed to criticize religion how long before you aren't allowed to criticize governments? It's especially dangerous when in places where there isn't a clear line where one stops and the other begins (like c

    • So you think it's ok to shout "FIRE !" in the middle of a crowded theater or a rock concert ?
      I was taught to believe that our freedoms must have limits, they end exactly where the others freedoms begin.
      Unlimited free speech in theory is a great concept.
      But the American constitution would certainly be done very differently if they knew anything about the Television, Radio, the 24x7 news cycle, the Internet.
      Much like the right to bear arms is a great concept in theory, in a time where there were no automatic

  • Brazil has this law that makes it illegal to write a song, a poem, news article that shines any type of crime as a good thing, including dealing illegal drugs.
    I'm from Brazil, and even though I believe we have way too many laws (many of them poorly thought, unfair and even irresponsible), I do agree with that law. Is it a type of censorship ? you betcha !
    However, this prevents gangsters and musicians that have deep relationships with crime from writing hit songs that makes very gullible teens from thinking

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