Freedom of speech should be limited
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DEAR EDITOR:

It is a sad day when Americans laud “freedom of speech“ as a right, devoid of responsibility. It, too, is subject to common sense.

I wish Americans could understand that all Muslims have an unparalleled love for the prophet Muhammad. Due to this love for his pure character, the video, “The Innocence of Muslims,” is offensive to all of us. There is no doubt in my mind that the “freedom of speech” of these sorts of movie makers should be limited.

The Gainesville Times said, “They hate us because of our freedom.” No. Just because one movie maker hides behind the freedom flag does not clean up the insulting content of his film.

If anyone dislikes a particular religion, the correct course of action should be reasoned debate, dialogue and research — not insults. Christians from a variety of sects have successfully employed these skills since the split of the Catholic Church.

Yes, of course, Muslims should protest peacefully, but as Mirza Masroor Ahmad, worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has said, “Let it not be that in the name of freedom of speech the peace of the entire world be destroyed.”

I hope and pray that respect for other religions will soon be the norm. And, I hope that anyone who loves his or her own religion will agree with me.

Allison Knight-Khan

Powder Springs
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TCW(TheCobbWay)
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October 01, 2012
Ms.Knight-Kahn it seems that your great and pure prophet has become the vehicle for justifying violence and mayhem.

What a wonderful legacy!!!

You and all the true believers in Islam should be ashamed and actually try to do something to correct this horrible situation.

But if you do choose to stand up for what is TRULY right then get ready to have your head cut off or be stoned to death or some other equally medeival retribution, because the "loving" disciples of your prophet will surely pay you a visit.
Pat H
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October 01, 2012
Ms. Knight-Khan, where is your outrage over the hate speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? By comparison, any hate speech by any American pales in comparison.
Anonymous88975631
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September 30, 2012
I applaud this article because it is proof that peaceful Muslims DO exist - people who fully embrace the true teachings of Islam.The so-called 'Muslims' are behaving in a way that is contrary to Islamic values, and quite frankly, are an embarassment to the Muslim Community. The problem is that they are misguided - instead of peacefully protesting, they have resorted to violent methods.

These Muslims have reacted wrongly. It is a fact.

It still doesn't change the fact that the movie that has caused this commotion is any less wrong. It is wrong and immoral to insult someone's beliefs and values like the movie makers behind "the Innocence of Muslims" have done.

Freedom of Speech has limitations as do all freedoms. There is no such thing as 'complete freedom'. One does not have the 'freedom' to go about killing and raping others. This is because one man's right ends where the other man's right begins. Hate speech is not something that is to be encouraged.
Old timer
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October 02, 2012
The riots at the American Embassy have now been proven NOT to have been caused by a video...but rather was a planned attact on the US on 9-11. Even the state department has finally admitted it.

Curran
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September 29, 2012
Allison, you said "If anyone dislikes a particular religion, the correct course of action should be reasoned debate, dialogue and research — not insults."

Tell this to your fellow muslims who are rioting, killing, & burning over a youtube video & cartoons. Freedom of speech will not "destroy the peace of the entire world." Can't you see that this is the fault of the hyper-sensitive muslims? If you don't like "insults," don't pay attention to them. I, personally, don't respect your religion or any other & don't have to. When you say "free speech" and "responsibility," what you really mean is we should be careful not to upset the poor, fragile feelings of intolerant muslims. Nothing gives them the excuse to act as they do. It's scary that you want to suppress peoples' right to speech because you don't like it. Maybe this is not the appropriate country for you. Can I suggest Iran?
Too funny
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September 29, 2012
Who are the thought police then worthy enough to enforce your limitations? Free is free.
guidedone
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September 29, 2012
Asking to limit the freedom of all such people who

abuse this freedom and destroy the peace of the world, should not be against the constitution.

I don't know how many have heard about the "Law against Holocaust denial".

http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/holocaust/insights/pdf/bazyler.pdf

Scholars have pointed out that countries that specifically ban Holocaust denial generally have legal systems that limit speech in other ways, such as banning "hate speech".
Bro Thomas
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September 29, 2012
Oh you silly Muslims. If I burned a Bible, no one would care. In fact, I dont think God would care. He doesn't live in artifacts or objects. True Christians would pray for me. Even if I called them names and cursed them. Why? Christ is bigger than insults - He proved that. ON the other hand, burn your book and the world goes bananas. Killings, riots, etc. I guess we know who truly is peaceful. By the way, you can call me anything you want and say all the nasty things you want about me. I couldn't care less about your opinion. But then again, I am a mature Christian male.
Anonymous86792849292
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September 30, 2012
Perhaps you are right in saying that God doesn't care about artefacts and such. However God has taught us to love and not hate. He has taught us that we must not offend, insult and hurt each other.

Wouldn't you agree that then God disaapproves of hate speech? And would you not concur that "the Innocence of Muslims" was a deliberate attack on the integrity of Muslim values?

Hatred stirs up strife,

but love covers all offenses.

—Proverbs 10:12

So love my friends - do not hate. You are after all a "mature, Christian male". So behave as one.
Devlin Adams
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October 01, 2012
@anonymous followed by a useless string of numbers.

You can, I assume, quote book, chapter and verse for each of the things you say God teaches us.
anonymous
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September 29, 2012
Dont worry, our man Obama will soon put a stop to this hate speech. Pretty soon, all those folks who think they can just say anything will get it. we've made the use of the N*** word worse than an actual crime, its better to kill someone you like than someone you hate, etc. So soon, Obama will fix this. We will still be able to slam those Christians and Jews, but Muslims will be off limits. You'll see. My man will fix it all. Now I've got to go get a free phone or some other s***.
Absolutely Not
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September 28, 2012
Freedom of speech is a founding principle of ours, and is in a large part responsible for this country's strength. If, as you suggest, the freedom should be limited in certain cases, to whom would you give that responsibility? Who gets to decide what we are and are not allowed to say, and who is or is not allowed to speak their minds? Even putting one foot on that path would be disastrous and would lead to the eventual erosion of every other basic principle of this country.
otter357
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September 29, 2012
too late. Freedom of speech is not absolute, nor should it be.

The most commonly used example is this one: You do not have the right to shout "fire" in a crowded theatre.
Dustoff
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September 28, 2012
Ok let me get this right. So nut case makes a stupid video that he posts on YouTube making fun of a religion and that gives a bunch of infidel hating idiot the right to riot and kill.

This issue has nothing to do with the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights or any thing else.

Its a plain and simple example that there are fanatical groups using various reasons of their own making to perform terrorist acts against our nation whenever they get an opportunity.

And unfortunately the current sitting government ans I mean all of them just sit back and make verbal responses. They need to get off their collective rear ends and start dropping a few 1000 pounders on this trash.

Yeah I know you bleeding heart liberals will get mad, but who do you think is going to keep you butt safe?

Ole Man
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September 28, 2012
You find the video offensive, but the killing of people is way more offensive to me. As others have indicated in the United States our Constitution gives us the right to free speech.
What???
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September 28, 2012
You are in America, we have something called the Constitution, and we are granted the right to free speech. America is different from most nations in that we are free, and will remain so. Now, if all of this bothers you, I suggest you move to a country where you will be more comfortable. But here, you can abide by our laws and our way of life. I think your letter is insulting!
You don't get it
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September 28, 2012
No one cares about that stupid YouTube except President Obama and all the Muslims in the world.

Connect the dots.

Now move on.
Samuel Adams.
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September 28, 2012
Oh but Ally, are you sure every single Muslim has "unparalleled love for the prophet Muhammad. Due to this love for his pure character,,,"??

Because I know many former Muslims who rejected this man and this religion. Now, here in America you all can't kill them quite as fast as you do elsewhere, but here in America we do see many who reject him. Perhaps that's why some Muslims hate America so much. Too much freedom!

Good luck with your continued propaganda letters, and good luck with trying to undermine the U.S. Constitution.

anonymous
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September 29, 2012
--RE: I hope and pray that respect for other religions will soon be the norm. --

Do you mean respect like treating the "piss christ" as if it was truly a serious work of art or anything more than an intentional insult to Christianity?

Or respect like was shown my friends family as they traveled back into India from the Kashmir Region when bans of armed muslim savages (are there really any non-savage muslims?) stopped their train and murdered almost everyone on the train ...because they were not muslim?

Or, respect like was shown Nick Berg and Daniel Perl when they had their Jewish heads sawed off on video by some "peace loving" muslims? (BTW, talk about a couple of "offensive" videos...boy we will never forget all the rioting and killing the Jews and and Christians did in response to such "offensive" videos, will we?)

anonymous
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September 29, 2012
Allison, go back to your native country, where the Muslims have taken over entire street blocks and one cannot walk through during prayer hours without stepping on them. By the way, since most Muslims don't accept YOUR brand of Islam, be careful because you might come to some physical harm. That's the larger religion of peace.

By the way, your Imam is rationalizing the use of killing force to satisfy a blood lust over a verbal "insult." And that's your point? Real peaceful, you guys.
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