Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Freedom of Speech Threatens National Security of a Nation?

"...A movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked assaults on US diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday. A Libyan security official reported an American was shot to death as protesters burned the US consulate in Benghazi, and in Cairo, protesters scaled the walls of the US embassy walls and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.
It was the first such assaults on US diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak in uprisings last year..."
Attacked News Story

Do you still believe that people should film, sing or speak about anyone's religions in such a way to threaten the lives of the innocent bystanders?  Explain why. Cite your source.

22 comments:

  1. No, I don't believe that people should film, sing or speak about anyone's religions in a way that causes any physical or psychological harm. Throughout history religion has been a source of war and bloodshed of many innocent people. For example the Crusades, "a series of religious expeditionary wars blessed by Pope Urban II and the Catholic Church, with the stated goal of restoring Christian access to the holy places in and near Jerusalem" The crusades caused thousands of not millions of deaths and it all went back to people fighting to protect, spread, or practice their religion. Just like what happened in Lybia peoples dedication to what they believe in and their demands for "justice" are just a more resent example of what has been going on throughout history.

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  2. I can honestly say that this but a another mere excuse to protest. Why of all occasions would they protest today? All because of a film that had already been released for several months? Clearly this was nothing but a hoax by Muslims. How convenient that they protest on September 11 of all days? They are obviously using this film as an excuse to protest once again. These people have nothing better to do than to hate America even more.

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  3. I strongly believe that people should have the right of freedom of speech and freedom of press. In this such case, however, the critisism to the muslim world that was conveyed in such a dusturbing way through film clearly is unnacceptable. I think this way because what happened during 9/11 brought a lot f negative attention to the islam world from the media. According to the Gallop pole- a pole directed to the majority of the Islamic people- showed that the Hijab represented the islamic world. This small gruop of people gave a negative cannotation to the Islam belief and the last thing Islam followers need is another negative portrayal of their religion, therefore I say that the Egyptian's actions are justified.

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    1. I like how you cited the poll. If women and children and other innocents are killed because of such a violent protest, are they still justified?

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  4. i honestly think people should not in any way sing or make fun of other peoples religion because it can cause other people to react in a negative way and it could bring bad things. I think we all know that religion is very important to many people and people should respect their religion no matter what, but also people should not get so offended that they have to go and kill innocent people.

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  5. We agree with Juan because many muslims protest a lot. This movie came out a while ago and they are just protesting, now? Seems alittle fishy. Muslims aren't helping themselves with these protests because the stereotype still lingers. The stereotype is that muslims are dangerous and they are not peaceful and these protests aren't helping that. We honestly feel that these radicals are making these countries look extremely bad and the average american thinks these countries are represented by these radicals. I hope Obama recognizes that its only a set of radicals and not the whole country. People will always hate America. It's sad but true.

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    2. Yes, Just as Americans stereotype Muslims, they also do the same to us. Women are often a target, because we wear jeans, shorts or bathing suits at the pool in summer. It can be a delicate situation--one that needs thoughtful contemplation. We need to balance our own beliefs while still respecting the differences we perceive in others.

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  6. I do not believe that people should attack another religion or belief. The best part about the world is the incredible diversity that it contains. Everyone is different, there are many cultures with different ideas. People should absolutely be allowed this freedom. Different people, though, should not be attacked because of a difference. People should be peaceful about their religions and beliefs and not impose it on anyone else. They also shouldn't be rude or threaten those others who believe something different. Everyone should be able to feel respected and equal.

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    1. May your views be cloned by all. It would be a more peaceful world.

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  7. Katie Marissa Depaul/5September 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    We think that the girls should be punished for the song and lyrics that they made up, a study shows that children that listen to Ghetto, or hate music grow up in a gang, or with anger problems. They may even possible hate a race because of what the music may portray. Music lyrics can also talk about drugs, sex and alcohol, that may be portrayed as cool leading to more kids doing them. The government was right to punish them, but maybe not to the extent that they were punished. Maybe a lighter punishment could be put in place instead of jail time.

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  8. Obviously not all Islamic people would react like this, but people might generalize the situation and apply the actions of the protesters to everyone belonging to the Islamic community. The protest, as it said in the article, would only negatively affect them. Although the movie might have been an insult to them, the protesters rash and violent actions were not appropriate. Not only did they endanger the embassy, but also themselves. Their anger rooted from opinions and a fictitious movie, and that in my opinion was immature.

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  9. My stand on having to film, sing or speak about anyone's religion in a disrespective way it isn't correct beacause it puts the world to a stop and can harm many as seen in the picture above. I had seen a clip of this movie it didn't make me feel like I was better but had me thinking of my religion as well, such as remembering how we think holy and having to follow it. Also, my understanding of the reading and movie clip was having you see how other's are less than one and where you stand. In my point of view I see that the way this works is having to choose a side when arguements are brought up and when choosing a side you have to give it your all to protect your beliefs and when doing this it brings out the violence in people. I would just say that people do have the right to freedom of speech but should not be making it to be the freedom of hate.

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  10. Honestly I think it is funny when I see comedic sketches on religions but the movie that was made on the prophet Mohammed was not a good idea. I like to watch funny sketches about religions but when it puts peoples life in danger then it's funny anymore, its just wrong. I also agree with Juan the Islam nation is making a big deal out this. Hollywood movies find ways to make fun of God and I don't hear on the new about Christians killing innocent people over that.

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  11. I honestly believe that the girls should not be in trouble for the words they used because its there opinon and their feelings. On the other hand what they did was wrong in my opinon. Certain places can't have that kind of music played, church is time for people to be together giving their thanks and love to God and these girls took that away from them that day. Also it gave a bad example to any kids and or teenagers in the building because after seeing something like that happen they might get ideas and try to do it. Those girls should be in trouble for WHAT they did and how they handled it but not their opion.

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  12. I am torn on this issue. I strongly believe in freedom of speech, but people should not abuse that power. We have freedom of press as well, but there are a lot less people abusing that power. People should be allowed to make movies and write song lyrics on whatever topic they want. I think people should not abuse that power by mocking others because of their race, gender, sexual orienation, religion etc., but if the government censors song lyrics and videos then that infringes on our right to freedom of speech. Our world is so diverse, and that's one of the best parts. Their are so many different cultures. They're all unique and wonderful in their own ways. Unfortunately, not everyone sees this, and some people mock other cultures' ideas. What these people do and say is not okay, but, due to our right to freedom of speech, I believe that what they do and say should not be censored.

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  13. I agree with vivi i think what they did was wrong. It was just a movie they should of never reacted like this. Burning down the American flag and and shooting the American person was wrong. That made they look like really bad people.

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  14. We believe everyone is entitled to express themselves in any way about any thing as long as you're not degrading or making blasphemy about any race, religion, or personal interest. Their are many people who only slur some things to make their movie, song, or speech juicy. I'm sure they don't do it to intentionally target anyone. The incident that occurred in Israel is very sad and tragic but in our P.O.V they reacted in the wrong way. We completely agree that what the movie director did was wrong but to kill a U.S ambassador is simply too much. To react in violence settles nothing at all, in fact the only thing it does cause is more violence. People just need to be conscience about the things they say and what they can start. Self awareness is KEY.

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  15. In my opinion, I believe that people should keep their own comments to themselves no matter how much they dislike a certain religion or race. Sometimes peoples comments could be hurtful without even noticing the power of their words. I believe that it if you have nothing good to say then you should just be quiet and keep those hurtful things to yourself.

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  16. update on the story:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19570254

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  17. Although I don't agree that people should write, sing, act in a way that offends other people's religions and ultimately harms bystanders, I do believe it is their right as a US citizen to express themselves. The arts should not be used to target any group of people or portray them in a negative way, but it is used that way and that's a shame. Criticizing religion has been around as long as religion has been around, and people have the right to do so, but if you're going to do so to intentional cause harm to somebody, you should probably not do it. Taking away somebodies right to freedom of speech is kind of a risky issue. People don't like it when that is taken away from them and they fight back. According to Hobbes, people have every right to break the social contract.

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  18. I believe people should have the right to say, think, feel and express what they believe. However, this does not mean they could offend people because of race, gender, religions or beliefs. This kind of freedom.of expression has caused wars and deaths in the past and it will continue to happen as long as people keep on offending each other for what they believe.These kinds if freedoms of expression should not be permitted

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