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Freedom of Speech or Double Standards?

Updated on March 11, 2012

I always thought that freedom of speech was essential to develop the society, because it brings positive criticism, the necessary competition and it also drafts in the necessary creativity which helps a nation; a society to grow.

Note that I am only talking about positive criticism. Negative criticism only drags you down and it is because people cannot see you grow.

But today when I breathe in this so called matured society and people with professional approaches, I feel succumbed under their dual faces of double standards and so called Freedom of Speech. If this is the ‘Freedom of Speech’ then I am glad that some portion of the world’s population do not have it, or rather I should say, they are not allowed to have it. If their hatred; their failures; their frustrations come out under the cover of freedom of speech and because of which any person or society in this world gets hurt, then it is not worth it – simple is this.

Let me give you some evidences to justify what I am talking about.

Freedom of Speech:

Let us have a look at the various occasions of Freedom of speech and actions.

Everybody Burn Quran Day:

On the 9th anniversary of the disastrous 9/11 event, a church decides to burn the Holy Book of Muslims – The Holy Quran. They called it their freedom of speech and action. Nobody opposed against this act of terror, vengeance, madness and cruelty which could only bring more needless hatred. On the other hand, if some people say that the government did oppose against it, then why and how did it get so much promotion if it was opposed and banned by the government. Was the government so incompetent and impotent that it could not stand against a mad person?

Have you ever heard of ‘Everybody burn Bible Day?’ I am sure you would have never listened this sort of shit not because other people did not have the opportunity, but only because they know how to respect other people. I am quoting a verse here:

“Yet the Bible says that Christians should ‘make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else”

(I Thessalonians 5:15)

Everybody Draw Mohammad Day:

On May 20, 2010, there held an event of ‘Everybody Draw Mohammad Day’, where so many people show-cased their immature and foolish minds and exaggerate how they were brought up – by humiliating other people and by hurting them in the name of freedom of speech.

Double Standards:

You have been given a couple of examples for the ‘Freedom of Speech’. Now let’s take a look at the Double Standards.

Restrictions on Veils:

France has completely banned the veils (Hijabs) for women. (A veil covers the head, face or both of a woman and is considered holy and mandatory for women in Islam – the religion of Muslims). Other European countries are also considering bans on Hijabs. Politicians of countries like Germany and Belgium are seriously considering to implement the same law as France did.

Now the question arises that where the hell is that freedom of speech and action rests now? You do what you want to do, but when other people do what they like to do, then it is not acceptable to you. You can do such ridiculous acts which hurt other person and a whole society of 1.2 billion, but if another person does an act, which brings no harm to any other person – neither emotionally not physically. When a woman just wants to modify her dressing as she wants to; this thing does not digested well by you. This is simply double-standards.

France banned the Hijab for women, but it does not feel bad or ban the naked capital of Cap d’Agde in the Vermeille Coast, where nudity is legal no only on the beach but also in banks, shopping plazas and restaurants etc. That is freedom of speech and action. I guess that’s more of the double standards.

I do not know much about the logic of it, but I know one thing of which my limited mind can think of, which is, that if a country cannot let a girl choose what she wears (Especially when that dressing is not going to distract everyone’s eyes into her stomach-down cleavage); a type of dressing in which she feels safe and nobody looks with sorts of dirty and horny thoughts, that country is not mature at all; that country still needs to grow and the people who support these kinds of ridiculous and double-standards’ equations, they seriously need to come out of their boxes and let other people live as they want to live.

Note: Positive criticism is welcome, but if somebody comes here and claims that Muslims men do force their women to wear Hijabs, then I would like to mention two things:

1. Majority of the girls wear the Hijab because of their own personal satisfaction and nobody tells them to wear it. You know only a very small percentage of people, which is exaggerated by the media, who force them to wear it.

2. If they even force it, then that is their way of living and the onus of right or wrong lies on them, but they are not telling the women of other countries and religions to follow the same, and if you claims that they are killing who are not following their point of view, then I will say no more than quoting another verse:

A. "Fight in the cause of God those who fight you,but do not transgress limits;for God loveth not transgressors. (The Noble Quran, 2:190)"

B. “Whosoever killeth a human being... it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind..." (5:32 – The Holy Quran)

Those who do not act according to these verses are claimed to be ‘not one of us’ means ‘not amongst Muslims’.


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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Freedom is a state of inner consciousness. It is related to what one expects from life. However, freedom of speech can be really tricky, specially in developing world.

      I loved your point of view.

      Good work my friend.

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Along with freedom of anything comes responsibility...responsibility to act intelligently and to think of others. Unfortunately freedoms are not only taken for granted but are used and abused by illiterate, uncaring people.

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      shanaya 6 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Hello Hunbbel! First of all Am Proud of you for writing from your Heart. Great Hub.

      This is probably one of the reasons why God separated his children, because we are so disobedient towards Him. It just seems like we are going backwards instead of forward. All we can do is to pray to God and hope for Divine intervention.

      Thanks for sharing.

      voted up, awesome, interesting.

      with lots of Respect

      from SHANAYA:)

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      SheliaKay 6 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

      Well said Hunbbel. I do enjoy your writings. As someone who grew up in middle America I have seen first hand how prejudice and ignorant our society is. My experiences with people of the faith of Islam has always been very positive. It seams to me "freedom of speech" is only free for those of the Christian faith and that is just so wrong.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      It is really very sad. I dnt understand who are we to criticise any religion. I am sure those people who this, do not have faith on God in real sense, because if someone believe on God, then he must love everyone and every religion as well, because for a theist God has created the world and everything so criticising anything means criticising God. Actually they donot know themselves what they are doing. The are angry people who lose control very easily.

      I just want to say- LOVE YOUR RELIGION AND LOVE ALL.

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      SweetMocha-Monroe 6 years ago

      I am proud of you as well Hunbbel Meer. We all must respect one another's beliefs and customs. Religion should be respected at all costs. Freedom of Speech should not be used to harm others. Those who use it in such a way are evil, ignorant and insufferable. Voted up!

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @nenytridiana: Thank you for your wonderful words.

      I am flattered with your comments, thank you.

      I used my freedom of speech and freedom of truth to explain and justify what I believed in. I did not humiliate any other religion/cast/creed/group of people, I think, that is the real 'freedom of speech'.

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      nenytridiana 6 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

      Freedom of speech. I agree with suewan. Is "Freedom of speech" equal to "speech of truth"?. when someone said something againt the truth, is it againt the freedom? I am proud of you Mr Hunbbel. Not an easy thing to discuss something connected to religion issue. Mostly ended with harassment againt religions. I am proud of you. You have done it well. Thanks

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Hi Sueswan. I highly appreciate you for such a wonderful, neutral and unbiased comment. Thank you so much.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Homesteadbound: You have talked about the most dire need of this dying world. There are two types of people - good and bad, and they can belong to any religion, cast or creed. Geographical, religious or races' boundaries should not considered when distinguishing good or bad people.

      Thank you for your excellent comment. Have a good day.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Hunbbel,

      Freedom of speech shouldn't be used to promote hate and lies.

      It makes me angry that the media gives all the attention to the fanatics in our society whether they be Christian, Muslim, black or white.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      Hunbbel - I agree that we all need to have mutual respect. Our world can be a scary place and many people allow their fear to control how they feel and what they do. There are good people and bad people in both camps.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      KT Banks: I agree with your point. People do not even know the reason why they are being hated, and I am one of those Muslims who really did feel sickened and outraged on the 9/11 event. I still pray for those people who lost their lives that day. The 9/11 act, doesn't matter done by whom, was simply a silly act and need not have been done. The real culprits behind that event should be punished (or it is good if they would have been punished - I can't say anything about the real truth about the real culprits, whatever it may be because I have some doubts on the current theories).

      I believe that if any innocent gets killed in whatever part of this world; it doesn't matter from which creed, religion or race he is belonged it; it is awful and the whole human race is bound to bring justice to him.

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      KT Banks 6 years ago from Texas

      It's all about Fear and Misunderstandings or, at times plain old Ignorance.

      I can't think of one race or religion that is not maligned in some way. My favorite comedian is Russell Peters. He is of Indian heritage, but grew up in Canada.

      He really makes a point of pointing out everyone's misconceptions and prejudices in a way we can all laugh at. Warning though, he is outrageous.

      Maybe it would be helpful to see a chart of some kind that points out the differences between radical Muslims, the kind that perform terrorist acts, and the average everyday Muslim. Many people just don't realize how vast

      the differences are. Also, we've seen many videos of people talking about 9-11, but maybe someone should show one about how most Muslims really feel about it. The people I know where just as hurt, sickened and outraged about it as anyone else. Plus they had to add the fear of knowing they would be held in contempt just because of their faith and/or race. It's a hurtful and scary world out there for everybody.

      When you grow up in America, it's a shock to first learn that many people in the world hate you, and you just don't know why.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Joseph Merlin: Thank you for your kind words and support. I have never known any Muslim person who ever spoke anything bad about Christianity or Jesus. We love them and we respect them all. Mutual respect is mandatory for a peaceful world and other people should also understand this asap. Otherwise the world will be keep destroying like this.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Deni Edwards: With all due respect too, if a 'freedom of speech' hurts a population of more than 1.2 billion, then it is not worth it. We are humans and we should act like humans, under the humanitarian circle and within some moral and ethical guidelines; not by offending other people, and labelling them as terrorists when they get offended and do any harsh acts, which did not have the need to be provoked at the first place.

      Like freedom of speech, freedom of action is another thing that will be demanded like this, but this won't mean in any way that any person will be allowed to rape any woman he wants to rape under the tag of freedom of action. There are certain moral and ethical values, which no one can deny, and we humans should live under them.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @SubRon7: I appreciate your thoughts, but I feel bad that if some 'whacko' Muslim person would have got extremely offended and kill that stupid person, that would have counted as another act of supreme terrorism and things would have only got worse.

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      joseph merlin 6 years ago from Jupiter

      First of All I will say that Hunbbel Meer you write a very useful and informative article and everything that you have written is absolutely right.

      I am from Islam religion and after 9/11 Americans opinion about Islam is totally changed , and they have thinking that at every problem there is hand of Muslims following Islam.

      About Veils you said exactly we have not say any other country and forced to veil yes it is the fact of our religion that those girls who will not wear veils and covered his body from stranger person they will have severe punishment here and the world hereafter also.

      About HOLY QURAN AND MOHAMMED DAY I will just say that we have to make action against it because sitting like to solve the problem itself is not the solution and because of this the ISLAM RELIGION and others have problems increasing.

      We have not given any bad remarks about other Holy books Like Bible and others but why they are focusing only on our book QURAN AND HOLY PROPHET .....

      More to say but it is enough for this time.....

      +1000 for your this Hub for my side.

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      Deni Edwards 6 years ago from california

      With all due respect, your understanding of freedom of speech is slightly skewed. With your first example of burning of the Quran, this was an act of freedom of speech regardless of how you felt about it. We all have the right to find it hateful (which many people did, including me), but that doesn't mean that freedom of speech should be limited to popular opinion.

      A number of years ago, the KKK was denied the right to march in a parade. This case was taken up by the ACLU. Everyone has the right to freedom of speech, regardless of who it offends.

      You can't make exceptions to freedom of speech. Once there are exceptions that exclude, there is no freedom of speech at all.

      You are either for freedom of speech or not. If you are for freedom of speech with exceptions, don't feel slighted when somebody decides that your view is the unpopular one and silences you.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      About that burning of the Quran, Hunbbel, first, I don't personally know if it actually took place. (That's not my point.) My point is our government (freedom of religion) could not take a stand against it. It was the media who played that crazy minister, and, of course, there are many idiot Americans who probably enjoyed the idea of "burning the Quran," but I can almost guarantee that most Americans were against it, but what were we to do? March down there and shoot that crazy minister of a very isolated sect of so-called Christians? We couldn't do that, and that was the only way we could have stopped him. And if not him, then someone else would have taken up the cause. It's better to let these "whackos" have their way. Few people will listen and the ideas will die like that. Although, I know there are some ideas that never die, they just go underground. But that's the idea of our freedoms, we let the whackos have their way so that the majority retains its freedom. Hope this makes some sense, and I applaud you, Hunbbel, for speaking your mind.