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You don't have to watch it, no-one is forcing you

Reader comment on item: Will Geert Wilders Show His Film on the Koran[, Fitna]?
in response to reader comment: "freedom of expression doesn't mean the right to offend."

Submitted by Mark Aspinall (United Kingdom), Mar 8, 2008 at 13:23

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. You are not forced to listen or watch or take notice. Offence is a personal thing - you CHOOSE whether to be offended or not. The whole thing is an Assault on personal liberty - ISLAM does not have the right to tell anyone who is not a muslim what they can or cannot say. If a muslim is physically attacked, yes, like any other HUMAN he has the right to self-defence.

However this rather childish attitude of taking offence belongs in the schoolyard. 'ooooo teacher Mr Wilder called me names' instead of the adult attitude of ignoring him and getting on with your life. Death threats - well suddenly the hidden side of Islam comes to the fore, ah yes, plain isn't it. Quite clear..Whether or not it is true Islam is irrelevant, the facts show that these things are committed in the name of Islam and that is enough for anyone to question why, and certainly to take notice of different viewpoints.

You want my opinion ??? certainly. From a layman's point of view I would say after 7 years of research Islam is not a religion of peace anymore and probably never was. For whatever reason the fault lies within Islam itself.

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