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Freedom to burn

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Submitted by D. Benjamin (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 19:26

The difference between freedom of speech and "freedom to burn" is that burning is a violent and destructive physical act, but speech, or, in this case, a cartoon, is putting forth an intellectual idea. In the west, we belive in civilized debate, not in burning things. It's pathetic that you need to have this explained to you.

As for cartoons of the Holocaust, the Arab press prints such things regularly, as a matter of course. See http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/ArabCartoons.htm

Maybe if civilized debate became a value in Muslim countries, there would be change in the governments there and people would be less inclined to burn things like savages.
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