Tuesday, December 21, 2004

We find the defendants guilty of mocking

Crosswalk.com: "Pastors Daniel Nalliah and Daniel Scot of Catch the Fire Ministries were tried under Victoria's new race and religion hate laws and found guilty of publicly mocking Islam."

This is what happens when rights are seen not as a gift from the Creator but as something granted (or taken away) by Government. More and more so-called "liberals" are flying under false colors; criminalizing ideas is the antithesis of classical liberalism.

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise [or disagree with], we don't believe in it at all. —Noam Chomsky

Supporting speech codes is incredibly stupid. Principle is replaced by the coercive power of the state, and once it becomes acceptable to censor a minority there is no rational basis not to censor anyone and everyone.