In the west, most consider the right to offend an important right and integral to healthy democracy. Do we have right to offend Islam? Christianity? Royalty? Here in UK , some consider it sacrilege to offend the royal family - despite the fact they're not elected. Yet the same outraged royalists still fervently believe we have the right to offend Islam. Similarly in France - they have have viciously defended the right to print offensive cartoons of the Muhammad but have banned peaceful protest against such action. Is this an outrageous & unequal double standard? No Muslim haters please....
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The prime focus of free speech should be to SPEAK FREELY rather than as you put it 'to not offend'. How silly!
It was YOU who mentioned "the right to offend" Joe, not me! I was responding to that. And I didn't say free speech's prime focus is "to not offend". I said its prime focus should not be to offend. That does not mean it would never offend.
They indeed have less military power, but they are still managing to murder innocent people. Are those rioting mobs doing so because of the political situation you describe? Or are they are being manipulated to hysteria over a non-existent movie?
The Royal family are of German descent, but they're just for show. The same type of people control the UK as control the US. And you are right, the UK government is the US's lapdog, representing US interests in the EU.