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Where does it end?

Reader comment on item: Those Danish Cartoons and Me

Submitted by Ariton Marku (United States), Mar 5, 2006 at 13:13

I don't feel that a group should be held to the same laws that another group uses for it's own religion, or daily practices. The people who published and drew these cartoons have all the right to practice their freedom of speech. The entire issue is whether freedom of speech means freedom without regards to the feelings of certain individuals you are speaking against. Everyone should have freedom of speech, but it would be horrific to use those freedoms to make fun of genocide, sexual assaults, and other terrible crimes.

When does it end? Is it going to be a tit for tat thing? Iran came out with some contest making fun of the killing of millions of Jewish people by the Nazis. Why they pointed at the Jewish people and not anyone else is beyond me, but it is a disgrace.

We need to use these issues to further our understanding for each other and to learn what our societies like and dislike. We cannot use our freedom of speech to hurt or make fun of sensitive topics. We need to use these rights responsibly and not with our eyes and ears shut.
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