"We are not saying stop free speech. We are staying stop hate speech. …You have to see that there is a provocation. You should understand the psychology of people who revere their prophet and don’t want people to insult him."

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation • Advocating for a global ban on denigrating the character of the Islamic faith’s prophet, Muhammad. This is a red-hot issue, as it was six years ago, when a series of Danish cartoons mocking Muhammad sparked worldwide protests and riots, seeing the assault and burning of multiple Danish embassies. The distinction between “hate speech” and “free speech” seems to be a sticking point, here — one which may illicit very different answers from different people, especially across the religious/secular divide. What do you think? source (via shortformblog)

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  13. encapture said: Not sure where I fall on this issue, but there was recently an ad banned in the UK because it featured a preggo nun and considered offensive. There IS definitely a difference between how controversial speech against Muslims is treated vs. other groups.
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    We already make legal distinctions about where free speech ends. It’s in a different place than Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu...
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