As a Catholic American, I was raised to believe in the importance of both freedom of speech and religious virtue, and that properly used each can strengthen rather than weaken the other.
Clearly, freedom of speech can be used to wound others. The anti-Islamic film was deeply insulting to a beautiful religion. Americans were likewise wounded by the burning of our flag and hateful chants such as “We will destroy America like this flag.” Freedom of speech can also be used to promote unfair stereotypes or incite collective blame—such as blaming America or the U.S. government for the actions of one individual filmmaker, or blaming Islam for the violence of certain individual groups. Free speech laws in the United States allow the creation of films and other materials —whether anti-Islamic, anti-Christian, or anti-American. Some see this as threatening religion.
However, freedom of speech is also intended to protect religion. What if, for instance, someone were offended by Islam and wanted to ban talking about it or preaching it? Without free speech, other freedoms—including the freedom to practice religion—are endangered.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر