posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 02:16 PM
We have freedom of speech, but we also have responsibility for the words we choose to say. There are laws on the books for slandering or defaming
people and if there were total freedom of speech these laws would have been struck down long ago.
They exist because we have a responsibility for what and how we say it. We can not speak to injure others. However we have the freedom to speak our
minds as long as we don't injure the character of another.
I think that the true extent of what freedom of speech entails is demonstrated by the Westboro church people. While I don't agree in any way with
their foolish hate filled words, they have the right to speak them.
If the rest of the world, muslims and others don't like our freedoms as far as I'm concerned they can all shove it where the sun don't shine. To me
they are overly sensitive to everything that anyone says.They need to grow a pair and stop behaving like a petulent child.
As to people burning the koran, which of the hundreds of versions were they burning, and why should I care? Burn all the bibles you want, as a
christian, I'll just think that you are ignorant, I'm not going to try to kill you or protest what you did, my "religion" doesn't teach that I need to
kill you because you don't believe as I do. At least not anymore.
I agree that we are being conditioned to respond to the petulant children of the middle east by apologising for things that we don't see as that bad
because we are used to having our speech freedoms. They are used to being ruled by despots and dictators. I'm sure that their mostly former rulers
dealt out stiff punishment for them speaking out. Plus their "religion" tells them that we are all infidals and only fit for killing. No wonder they
act as they do.
I'm not so sure that it's behavior modification, per say, I think we respond that way because we have so many interests there and we don't want to
upset the applecart so to speak. So in order to get what we want from these people we have to bow to them when they behave this way. Not so much
behavior modification, but knowing were our intrests lie.
edit on 9/15/2012 by lonegurkha because: (no reason given)