Friday, February 13, 2009

The Religious War on Free Speech

I thought this would be a good time to talk about the worldwide decline of free speech in the face of pressure from offended religious groups.

This week, controversial Dutch MP and anti-islamist filmmaker Geert Wilders was refused entry into Britain. A Dutch court had previously ordered him to be tried for inciting religious hate and discrimination.

Dutch MP Refused Entry Into Britain

Every person has a right to criticize the beliefs of others - why are our democratic societies being swayed by extremist minorities and cowed into surrendering free speech? While the US may not be legally repressing free speech as in some European countries with anti-defamation laws for religion, our political correctness in the media has certainly had a similar effect.

I've also posted a recent articles on the subject by British journalist Johann Hari.
Johann Hari: Why should I respect these oppressive religions?

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