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That is all we have to deal in anyway.
Arguments based on speculation and opinion are going to do away with the maybes.
At least we agree that it's not "most". Well except for the Democrats.
Universal human rights apply to all people.
Of course. That's not a debate.
Anyway in Islamic countries people know the consequences of their free speech because to speak against their governments or Quran would be met with guaranteed punishment. But of course they STILL have the freedom to speak anyway. Nobody can take that away. They would be brave to speak against them.
You are talking about cause and effect in the philosophical sense.
I understand that you mean free speech itself don't "cause" anything. It's on people to decide to punish that.
However when you live in the Middle East you EXPECT punishment even if it's their decision to be violent on your free speech.
those who believe and defend the principle should demand freedom from consequences.
I don't think anyone here disagrees with that. Perhaps "consequence" would be a wrong choice of word. Consequence implies that people deserve punishment. People are not "responsible" for what happen when they open their mouths. But they expect the RISKS in certain areas.