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Go to: Free speech under fire

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How about an "Everbody dress up like zombie Muhammad" day?

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:09:31 UTC | #926384

Go to: In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

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Condolences to his family.

Although I can't be too sad, he was a great human being, and he gave us more than we could ask for. His works are not lost with his death.

His suffering has ended. The many faults of the human body are again made apparent. He had a brilliant mind, but was taken down by another section of himself.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:55:15 UTC | #899501

Go to: Freedom of Religion and the Secular State

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You can't have true freedom of religion without a full on secular state, completely without ties to individual religions. Of course a lot of people calling for freedom of religion really just want their own religion in everyone else's face, and anything that prevents that is supposedly an attack on their religious freedoms.

Freedom of religion means that your religion is equal to all other religions. Until you can come up with something that makes it not a religion.

And I still say that when it comes to religious symbols, either we allow them all or we allow none, on the basis of them being religious symbols. Beyond that, if we're banning burqas but not crucifixes it should be for the same reason we're banning ski masks and other articles that cover your face. You wouldn't want either of those in a classroom, for example, if you want to be able to communicate properly. It being a religious symbol should not be a factor. If it is, you're actuallly legitimizing the religion(s) of concern in some way.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 13:16:06 UTC | #899187

Go to: Bleak Prospects for Avoiding Dangerous Global Warming

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The people with the power to do something about it don't care, because they have enough resources that they'll be fine no matter what. Unless we overthrow them.

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:06:57 UTC | #885360

Go to: Prayer, menstruation and the Toronto School Board

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Comment 5 by Tony d :

I wonder if Islam will drag the western democracy's down to it's level?Or will the west drag Islam into the 21st Century?

Islam won't drag us down unless we let it, through pathetic fear of insulting beliefs.

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 08:09:10 UTC | #850088

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