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Which is more important, freedom of faith or freedom of speech?


Many religious folks are decent, good people. Some of my best friends subscribe to institutionalised superstition - and are good humored enough to let me say that without taking offense. But most religions per se enshrine some deeply offensive and discriminatory views and practices (against women, gays, people of other faiths, animals, freedom of thought etc.). Isn't it weird that such faith systems seek to exempt themselves from rational criticism on the grounds that they are being discriminated against? So which is more important, freedom of faith or freedom of speech?

 

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    mbuggieh 3 years ago

    Sri T: Laws exist because we do NOT have "faith" that everyone will be good. We have a constitution---a written framework of government, because we do NOT have "faith" in leadership being good.

    Faith, in your description, is wishful thinking.


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    cjhunsinger 3 years ago

    As I understand you, power over others is your driving force?

    I believe you are recommending a theocracy and if so would you articulate the great benefits that this has brought to humanity. Which god are you promoting?


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    cjhunsinger 3 years ago

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    Are you saying that women and gays do not have time to reason or that they are incapable and should not be penalized because of that infirmity?


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    cjhunsinger 3 years ago

    moneymindit---Absolutely not true and to explain that would require more space than allotted here.

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    cjhunsinger 3 years ago

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    Most people do. The question is how to achieve that peace. Is peace defined by the Crusaders, ISIS, Marx or one who says, lets just have peace?


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    cjhunsinger 3 years ago

    deep---You might consider that if you do not have freedom of speech you have no voice to speak of your beliefs. The government defines beliefs and you will not speak differently. Please understand what the Bill of Rights is and why it is.

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    cjhunsinger 3 years ago

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    Your comment, as with some others, is of concern. You are saying that free speech is good, as long as it is not to free. Who is the arbiter of free speech? Can that arbiter create laws against certain words and jail for their use?

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    cjhunsinger 3 years ago

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    The assertion of a god given freewill is a curious thing. You were born with a coded DNA that makes you what you areand the decisions you mak. Were you consulted when your d-helix of nucleic acid was composed? If not then where is your free will?


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