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Is Blasphemy being hidden behind 'freedom of speech' correct?

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Started: 1/14/2015 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Adamsultan

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I've been keeping up to date with the recent shocking events going on in Paris, and after reading many blogs, watching videos, i and the question I'm asking myself now is, can you really use freedom of speech to sugar coat blasphemy?
magenta

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First of all I'd like to thank my opponent for this debate.

I'll begin by defining a few terms.

blasphemy - something said or done that is disrespectful to God or to something holy [1]
freedom of speech - the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc. [2]

Freedom of speech is 'the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference'. Blasphemy is essentially expressing your opinion of God or other holy things, and whether or not they are disrespectful it is still protected by a person's right to freedom of speech.

Therefore, it is correct to consider blasphemy freedom of speech.

[1] - http://www.merriam-webster.com...
[2] - http://dictionary.reference.com...
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I guess I'll give my opponent the next round to present his arguments.
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I was hoping for an actual debate.
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Posted by missmedic 2 years ago
missmedic
People garner respect, gods and religions do not.
We need to realise that if groups have to demand that you respect their beliefs, rather than letting their beliefs speak for themselves, this is automatically a mark against them. If their beliefs and claims were true and just, they wouldn't need to demand that we respect or tolerate them, we would adopt them as our own. Far better that one adopts the beliefs of science which doesn't demand respect or tolerance. On the contrary, it demands critical inquiry, debate and rejection of theories if the evidence doesn't support them. Religion should demand no less.
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