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Friday, June 24, 2005

Defending the Indefensible

Conservative Commentary has a great point about religious "hate speech." Boris Johnson, a member of the house of commons gave a great speech yesterday and frankly, I'm amazed he hasn't been burned as a heretic. But his statements are valid:
If a religion is worth believing in, it ought to be strong enough to withstand the most scurrilous and monstrous attacks. If a religion is worth believing in, those assaults should diminish the critics and not the religion itself. Whether or not a religion is worth believing in, it is the sovereign right of every human being to say what exactly he or she thinks of it.
This would seem like fairly obvious stuff but I guess not if they're even debating this issue.

UPDATE: I read a bit further into the thread ('statements' link) and the Hon. Johnson mentions the following:

Here is the Koran on those with a lack of correct religious belief:

As for the unbelievers, for them garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skins shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods."

On Christians, it says:

They surely are infidels who say god is the third of three; for there is but one god; and if they do not refrain from what they say, a severe punishment shall light on those who are unbelievers."

On Jews, it says—[Interruption.] Does the hon. Member for Cleethorpes (Shona McIsaac) agree that this amounts to incitement to hatred against certain people on the grounds of their religious belief? I take it from her silence that she does. On the subject of the Jews, the Koran says:

"Because of the wickedness of certain Jews, and because they turn many from the way of god we have forbidden them good and wholesome foods which were formerly allowed them; and because they have taken to usury, though they were forbidden it; and have cheated others of their possessions, we have prepared a grievous punishment for the infidels amongst them."

On the subject of Jews and Christians, it says:

"Why don't their rabbis and doctors of law forbid them from uttering sinful words and eating unlawful food? Evil indeed are their works. The hand of god is chained up cry the Jews. Their own hands shall be chained up and they shall be cursed for saying such a thing.

"Believers do not take Jews or Christians as friends. They are but one another's friends. If anyone of you takes them for his friends then he is surely one of them. God will not guide evil doers."
Oh man! That is some good stuff! He goes on to ask if this would not be considered "religious hate speech" under the bill being debated. The whole bill was created to stop hatred against Muslims after twelve TWELVE attacks against Muslims follwing 9/11. How ironic would it be that the Koran became outlawed under a law intended to protect it over all other faiths?

UPDATE: You can do a search for these quotes from the Koran here.



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