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No time to distinguish between speech and deed

Reader comment on item: Convicting [Ali al-Timimi,] the "Paintball Sheikh"

Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), May 2, 2005 at 09:20

Freedom of speech becomes a scarce commodity when immigrants threaten to bomb your country and kill your country-men.

At the moment, if immigrants and foreigners are suspected of being close to Radical Islam, their civil liberties should be suspended.

Freedom of speech is important as long as you don't commit violent acts. The Paintball Sheik was certainly linked to violence, because virtually all Radical Islamists are linked to violence in one way or another.

The Paintball Sheik reminds me of Abu "Captain Hook" Hamza from Finsbury Park, London.

The British have always contended that the poor man is just exercising his freedom of speech, but Egypt, Yemen and other Muslim countries have sentenced him to death, because he has killed people.

Those who preach violence, most of the times, commit violent acts.

Therefore, there is no time to make this pathetic distinction between speech and deeds.

IF ARRESTING SOMEBODY IS SEEN AS A RESTRICTION OF FREE SPEECH, THEN DEPORT THEM TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND THEY WILL NOT BE PUT IN JAIL FOR THEIR VIEWS.
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