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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Whatever Happened To Sticks And Stones...?

"The right to freedom of thought and expression ... cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers." - Statement by Vatican spokesman. I'm sorry, but the Vatican is wrong on this one. The purpose behind freedom of speech is to allow for just this sort of expression. As a Roman Catholic there are myriad expressions in the popular culture which are certainly offensive to those that believe as I do. However, I have never thought for a moment that the right of the person to express those sentiments should be curtailed. I certainly may not agree, and may even find the statements hurtful. But that is the trade off that is absolutely necessary in a free society.

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