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The Tyranny of Silence
« on: Sep 29, 2010, 19:23 »
Tomorrow will be five years to the day when the dreaded cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were first printet in the JyllandsPosten newspaper here. The paper's cultural editor who decided to give the go-ahead for the prints back then will mark the day with the release of a book describing what happened up to and after the publication of the cartoons. The 520 page book, 'Tavshedens Tyrani' (The Tyranny of Silence) will feature prints of all twelve cartoons again.

Having in mind what happened last time, and to try to avoid upsetting the Muslim world even more, our foreign minister today held a crisis meeting in Copenhagen with seventeen ambassadors from Muslim countries around the world.

I learned recently that the cartoons weren't printed in UK newspapers five years ago. But if things escalate even further after the book release tomorrow and the re-printing of the cartoons do you reckon UK newspapers will be allowed to print them this time and support our fight for continued freedom of speech ? And would that even be a good idea ? Or did freedom of speech simply die when the world became PC ?

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Re: The Tyranny of Silence
« Reply #1 on: Sep 29, 2010, 22:47 »
Tomorrow will be five years to the day when the dreaded cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were first printet in the JyllandsPosten newspaper here. The paper's cultural editor who decided to give the go-ahead for the prints back then will mark the day with the release of a book describing what happened up to and after the publication of the cartoons. The 520 page book, 'Tavshedens Tyrani' (The Tyranny of Silence) will feature prints of all twelve cartoons again.

Having in mind what happened last time, and to try to avoid upsetting the Muslim world even more, our foreign minister today held a crisis meeting in Copenhagen with seventeen ambassadors from Muslim countries around the world.

I learned recently that the cartoons weren't printed in UK newspapers five years ago. But if things escalate even further after the book release tomorrow and the re-printing of the cartoons do you reckon UK newspapers will be allowed to print them this time and support our fight for continued freedom of speech ? And would that even be a good idea ? Or did freedom of speech simply die when the world became PC ?

Without wanting to jump on any bandwagons here..The Muslim Community really ought to 'Wake up and smell the Coffee'...but the rest of us really should as well..before things go even more insane!
Islam is not a tolerant religion, regardless of what certain members of their community say.

Most Muslim's however, just get on with their lives, but we have double standards running through the entire problem.

We pussy foot around, desperate not to upset anyone...The Idiot Liberals who started the whole fiasco of PC,  tremble like a Rabbit caught in headlights...The press, fearing a backlash will (I suspect) not even dare to print...everyone shy's away from the issue, for fear of being tarnished with the 'Rascist' brush......the Government is scared sh*tless of another 7/7

My feelings of contempt for the Nick Griffin's of this world, are well documented...But it's time we started to tell these radical lunatics to shut up, or ship out!!

rant over

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Re: The Tyranny of Silence
« Reply #2 on: Sep 29, 2010, 23:42 »
But it's not just an Islamic issue alone though is it ? I mean, my work has been condemned by the good Bible folks of Utah for years and I still get weekly e-mails off my website telling me how bad a person I am. And my books are banned in China, too. But if I begin to consider changing my work or even just parts of it to avoid upsetting groups of people I will be censoring myself and therefore limiting my creativity, too surely. I don't set out to deliberately upset other people, I actually do see myself as one of the good guys despite my line of work and way of life, but if I had to think about not upsetting certain groups of people then where would I be ? Where would my freedom be ? Let alone my freedom of speech ?

I may indeed be "the weed in the Lord's Garden" and maybe my sins do bring tears to the eyes of Jesus like the good Bible folks keep telling me but I don't think a one hundred per cent PC world is neither doable nor healthy. It'll be very hard to maintain for starter even if we did get to a stage of not upsetting anyone one day. But it comes with a price and to me personally the price would be selfcensorship, and I'd really hate to see that happening.

With this book with the re-printed twelve cartoons coming out in the morning I fear things just may get bad again. And with a mix of PC and fear of the unknown our freedom of speech could well be in jeopardy. It might already be dying out for all we know. Is it wrong to print the lot again ? Maybe. But isn't it equally wrong then to tell anyone else what they can print ? If we constantly have to think about not upsetting anyone, where does that leave our freedom of speech ? Do we still have it ?

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Re: The Tyranny of Silence
« Reply #3 on: Sep 30, 2010, 08:01 »
I agree Alex..not just an Islamic issue at all....but a very good excuse for shutting peoples mouth's, keeping them under control....Freedom of speech will be the first loss of priveledge.

As my hero George Carlin said
"There is no freedom"

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