Wednesday, February 01, 2006

In Britain

This is very good news:

In a blow to Tony Blair's authority, MPs voted by 288 votes to 278 to back a key Lords amendment to the bill, which targets incitement to religious hatred.

The prime minister voted in the first division but not in the second, which was lost by one vote.

The bill was aimed at extending the concept of the UK's race hate laws to cover belief but critics said ministers' proposals would have made it too wide-reaching.

Heck yes, too far-reaching. The point was they were attempting to stop people from criticizing Islam. No religion ought to be above criticism, especially not a religion whose Holy scriptures call for war against the infidels and Jews.

Would you really want to live in a land where a guy can't take a picture of a Crucifix submerged in urine, and have it published in magazines and newspapers?

I wouldn't.

Either we believe in free speech, or we don't. There can be no compromise. And, we truly must resolve that we would fight to the death to protect the ugly, disgusting speech of others, even the Jihadis. Let them preach that we are subhuman, let them call Jews apes and pigs, let them call for the destruction of America. At least we will know where they stand.

(By the way, when they start making plans on how to carry out the destruction of America, that is the time throw them in jail.)

A society which does not allow free speech becomes a confused, double-minded society where no one is to be trusted. We can't afford that. It will impede progress, and make our lives miserable.

And, the only price we have to pay for our freedom of speech is to be insulted. That's a very small price to pay.