Monday, November 20, 2006

An Assult On Freedom

There are time when the far right and the far left seem virtually indistinguishable. Recently, Britain proposed a law to ban "ridicule or intolerance of any religion." A Conservative Christian group then threatened to stop a production of "Jerry Springer". This is both irony and poetic justice. Given the all too common tendency to use religion for political gain and to insight hatred and narrow-mindedness, the ability to actively critique and ridicule religion is vital to maintain a society which is truly free. Freedom of speech especially, cannot exist if people cannot actively question authority, be it secular or religious. In a free society, religion deserves no special treatment.


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