If speech limited, who decides what’s OK?
October 05, 2012 01:06 AM | 1224 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR: Re: Allison Knight-Khan letter, “Freedom of Speech should be limited,” Friday’s MDJ Allison Knight-Khan apparently wants to replace core American values with those closer to what is experienced by those living in the Middle East. America has intentionally and carefully spelled out personal freedoms (see Bill of Rights) that have made America unique and the most successful nation in the history of the world. I understand the pain she feels when people insult the prophet Muhammad. People ridicule and insult Jesus Christ all the time, so those of us who love and follow Him experience the same pain. However, we accept that as something living in the freest society on earth requires. It also means we have the freedom to speak our minds as well. And we believe that the best way to fight these insults is to express and model Jesus’ greatest commandment — to love our neighbor.

In no way do these insults give ANYONE legitimate cause to instigate violence. And my personal assessment of the violence that was “caused” by this movie is that it was not really the cause but an excuse for extremist leaders to start violence.

Further, I find zero validity in the statement Ms. Knight-Khan shares, “Let it not be that in the name of freedom of speech the peace of the entire world be destroyed.” I would challenge her to provide one bit of proof that people freely communicating with one another (even offensively) is a threat to world peace. The opposite (people NOT talking) is an infinitely greater threat to peace.

My biggest fear is that if we do limit free speech, who would decide what can be said and can’t be said. Take one look at the people calling the shots in Washington, D.C. and ask yourself if you really want these folks deciding what you can and can’t say. I don’t.

Dan Valentine Marietta
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Pat H
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October 05, 2012
We already have had this discussion - Rich Pellegrino, Jerry Gonzales and the SPLC are always criticizing anyone who speaks in favor of enforcing our laws against illegal immigration are practicing "hate" speech. And then they throw out the racist card.

They criticize American taxpayers supporting the burden of illegal aliens and their children while ignoring the true hate speech of radical Islamists.
messiahman
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October 07, 2012
Let's be civilized and fare in our views and be mindful that we are not creating hate and misunderstanding about any religion and race. We all have to die one day and will be

accountable of our deeds in front of our lord.

Per my observations so far, most of the people who participate in posting views here are quite biased and write things without full knowledge or very limited knowledge, specially about other religions. By doing so, they end up spreading hate and misunderstanding about others. Religion is a matter of heart and world after, let’s not make it a matter of our personal egos and show arrogance. Let's all make an effort to understand each other so that we can create this world more peaceful and better place to live. God created this great country of ours for all different people of race and religions to immigrate here and share and spread higher values. There is enough ciaos in this world, let's do our part towards peace, at least not create hate.

LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE

Cheers

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