Posts Tagged ‘ free speech ’

Muhammad cartoonist defies death threats

Feb 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Kurt Westergaard, who has been facing death threats for four years over his cartoon of the prophet Muhammad, is trying to settle back into his home – a month after an ax attack in his living room.

“It doesn’t fit my temper to hide under a rock somewhere,” says Westergaard, pouring coffee in the small room where the New Year’s Day incident took place. “I have defended some core Danish values which stipulate that everyone should be able to practice their religion, but it must not be at the expense of free speech. I just won’t stand for that.”

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Mall to Christians: God talk banned!

Jan 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

“It’s surprising that mall owners think they can arrest patrons for engaging in casual conservations,” said PJI Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds. “While a ‘don’t talk to strangers’ rule may be good for kids, enforcing it against adults is absurd, and we think it violates California’s free speech guarantees.”

Besides the ban on conversations with strangers about religion or politics, the mall also bans any clothing with religious or political messages.

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Muslim states back limits on free speech ahead of UN debate

Nov 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

A poll released last Friday found a sharp divide between majority Muslim states and other nations on the limits of free speech. When it comes to criticizing religion, Muslim states favor allowing legal sanctions on such “hate speech.”

The proposal was crafted by the Organization of Islamic Conferences (OIC), a group of 56 majority Muslim states who argue that UN member states should “effectively combat defamation of all religions and incitement to religious hatred in general and against Islam and Muslims in particular.”

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