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Wow.  That was a frightening interview.  And frustrating, because it seems like so many of the issues we're dealing with today could be solved through dialogue between the masses on each side.

I still stand by my view that freedom of speech must be near-absolute, and that the only exception should come when that speech is designed to incite violence.  Racism is horrible, but freedom includes the freedom to think as you wish.  Pat Robertson is a homophobic piece of garbage, but he should not be thrown into jail for it.

It does seem as though the laws in Europe may be doing more harm than good on the international level, because the politicians and reporters are clearly more than willing to use this issue as a weapon.

One way or another, that interview serves to show how dangerous organized religion is and has always been.  It encourages Groupthink and implies a belief in each person that his God is the "right" God.  And when you start from that point, there is no end to what you can justify to yourself.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 19th, 2006 at 09:41:26 AM EST
What interview are you referring to?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 19th, 2006 at 09:49:22 AM EST
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This one.  Second paragraph from the bottom.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 19th, 2006 at 09:51:20 AM EST
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That was a frightening interview.  And frustrating, because it seems like so many of the issues we're dealing with today could be solved through dialogue between the masses on each side.

Which masses do you mean?

In case you mean the sane and the anti-semitic masses, the problem is thast the latter aren't at all interested in dialogue, and use paranoid logic. You can't reason with those who will wilfully ignore facts or make up extra hypotheses to bolster a silly theory. A good example is what I referred to below, the trial of David Irving.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jan 19th, 2006 at 09:54:56 AM EST
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No.  I didn't mean the sane vs. the anti-Semitic masses.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 19th, 2006 at 01:56:40 PM EST
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