Friday, February 10, 2006

A Legitimite Muslim Point

A Muslim-American citizen expressed something on the radio I agree with. He said no one had the right to critisize an American paper for printing the cartoons, but the same wasn't true for Europe. The difference? He said that in America all speech is considered free because it is enshrined in our Bill of Rights. In Europe, however, different forms of speech are censored all the time.

Consider the police in Nuremberg, Germany. English football fans could wind up in jail for giving the "Seig Heil" or doing Basil Fawlty's Nazi goosestep. Yet, he says, when it comes to the cartoons, the Germans resort to the freedom of speech arguement.

Now instead of giving everyone a level playing field, giving everyone freedom of speech, the EU is considering passing laws that will put further constraints on press freedom.

Everyone must have freedom of speech, not freedom for me, but not for thee.

6 Comments:

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Stefan said...

Everybody have the right to demonstrate. It´s 100% OK if they damage nothing. It´s just not OK to demonstrate against Europe and to accept the same from Egypt:

This are pictures which I found in the internet:
Not sharp but good to read. The newspaper is from the 17th October 2005
http://www.stefan-herre.de/alfagerdateright.jpg

Here the main page from Al Fagar fom the 17th October 2005

http://www.stefan-herre.de/alfagerfrontpageright.jpg
The arabian word advice you to look to a special repotage on the 3rd
page...

And here the whole story on page 17 in large pictures:
http://www.stefan-herre.de/alfagerpage17right.3.jpg
Six from the 12 Mohammed-cartoons in the page 17
http://www.stefan-herre.de/alfagereditorchiefright.1.jpg
The chief journalist was proud to be the first which showed this cartoons in arab language.

That come from a conservativ german blog: http://www.myblog.de/politicallyincorrect
If you are interested they wright parts in english too.

The blog fight for american thinking and german-american friendship.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Yasser said...

HI YOU COOMENT IN MY BLOG THAT A NEWSPAPER PRINTED MY POST .COULD SEND LINK OF THE PAGE FOR ME.
THANKS

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Yasser, Welcome to my blog! I don't know if the page was on the web. It was printed in the newspaper. If I can figure out the technology, I will post a picture of the newspaper clipping here. Your English is very good. I hope we can exchange ideas!

 
At 6:02 PM, Anonymous alison said...

'Free Speech in America':-

http://timescorrespondents.typepad.com/baker/2006/02/free_speech_in_.html#comments

 
At 6:04 PM, Anonymous alison said...

that doesnt look like it worked so ill stick it up on my blog over the weekend for you to read.

 
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