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Liberalism emphasizes individual rights and equality of opportunity. Within liberalism, there are various streams of thought which compete over the use of the term "liberal" and may propose very different policies, but they are generally united by their support for constitutional liberalism, which encompasses support for: freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, an individual's right to private property, and a transparent system of government. All liberals, as well as some adherents of other political ideologies, support some variant of the form of government known as liberal democracy, with open and fair elections, where all citizens have equal rights by law.
Classical liberalism believes that the provision of negative freedom constitutes liberty and is therefore a strictly laissez-faire philosophy. Social liberalism, however, sees a role for the State in providing positive liberty for individuals.They believe that lack of positive rights, such as economic opportunity, education, health-care, and so on can be considered to be threats to liberty.
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by Donnie Darko
It's always interesting to see yet another person talk about Islam or liberalism while understanding neither.
You start, of course, with the assumption that liberals "like" Islam. You proceed to tiptoe around the plain fact that you dislike both, and then try to attribute the liberal's love of Islam to a dislike for Europe, while never explaining how "Europe" and "Islam" are incompatable.
Originally posted by Alien Mind
No one should be judged by what religion they follow.
If you don't like there religion, then don't follow it