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15/01/2015

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Ann Brown

Yes Steve I so agree with you. Good on you for putting into words what so many of us are thinking. Ann Brown

John F

I've been thinking about this, too. I am not Charlie. I have very little online publishing presence, but I'm not going to retweet the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, not so much because I'm fearful for my life, but because there are millions of muslims who do not support terror, but neither do they appreciate Mohammed being slandered. Don't get me wrong, I'm not out to defend Mohammed, but Islam, especially cultural Islam is an all-encompassing thing that takes in national and personal identity, such that insulting Mohammed, while outwardly an attack on Islam, becomes personal, and without respect for the person, evangelism is not effective (not that I'm a muslim evangelist, but I don't want to make AWM's, or Frontiers's work any harder than it needs to be).

On freedom of speech: the government has a very difficult line to draw. They can't allow widescale public disorder, but that could come from either inflammatory language on one extreme or from lack of ability to publish inflammatory language on the other. Weimar Germany had laws against anti-semitism, but it didn't hinder the Nazis from being anti-semitic.

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