Poll Indicates Almost 3/4 Favor Free Speech Over Avoiding Offending Other Cultures

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  1. At least they protest over the important stuff in life:
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  2. There is no right not to be offended. If you express a view of any kind you can expect to have it disagreed with, pilloried or have the piss taken out of you.

    That includes Muslims, Creationists, Football enthusiasts or people who like the X Factor.

    But with free speech comes responsibilities and I see nothing wrong with jailing the ignorant and bad mannered little twats that go trolling looking to cause gratuitous offence among grieving relatives etc etc.

    You can make pretty much whatever point you wish, just mind your manners - or expect to find them minded for you - as my mum used to say.
  3. Really!
  4. Micawber, I was with you up until you advocated X Factor watchers being allowed a fair hearing. Quite frankly they deserve no consideration whatsoever given that they obviously have the mental capacity of an amoebae.
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  5. On the subject of mental capacity isn't amoebae a plural?
  6. **** knows.
  7. Wasn't offering them a fair hearing, I was lumping them together as people who can expect to be lambasted and have no right to be protected from being upset by it.

    On a practical note, I reckon attempting to tiptoe through life without upsetting a Creationist would be even harder than trying to keep the Muslims on side.

    The Arab ones anyway. The Indonesians seem quite a sensible bunch as these things go.
  8. As an unabashed Creationist, I am offended but will restrain my urge to hunt you down and burn you and all your possessions. ;-)
  9. I think you'll find that in Europe democracy takes second place to political correctness. Just because a majority want something doesn't mean our nanny politicians will give it to us. We are too stupid to understand the issues you see.
  10. Yep Amish terrorists are waaay more deadlier than Mr. Al Kada.... the fear inspired in the Pennsylvania night as you hear the clip clop of approaching cart horses and you realize next will be the DBIED Donkey Borne IED, and the shrill cries of "Amen"

    So Jail anyone who you think is offensive....
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  11. No but if you go so far as to spread rumours some random stranger is a nonce and bombard said stranger with offensive messages then jail is a good idea.
    Tweeting offensive stuff should get you jailed if only because your too stupid not to put your REAL NAME to your stupidity:)
  12. Do you perhaps mean the clip clop and snip snip as the heartless so and so takes a chunk out of your beard? The swine!
  13. Personally I couldn't give a shit if other cultures are offended. Many people have died for the freedoms that seem to be being taken away from us because it may cause offence to some ethnic minority or other and it is time for that to stop.

    What these other cultures who react violently to some cartoon or other should ask themselves is why civilised cultures don't act the way they do when they cause offence to us.
  14. From Wiki:

    "These six states in America constitutionally ban atheists from holding public office:
    Arkansas: "No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court."[SUP][77][/SUP]
    Maryland:"That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.”[SUP][78][/SUP]
    Mississippi: "No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state."[SUP][79][/SUP]
    South Carolina: "No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution."[SUP][80][/SUP]
    Tennessee: "No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state."[SUP][81][/SUP]
    Texas: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."[SUP][82]"[/SUP]

    It would seem as though 12% of the states don't like freedom of speech or religion, if you are forced to say you believe something in order to serve the people.