Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Guest writer Hesham Mohammad: SO - CALLED - FREEDOM

Mr Hesham Mohammad emailed me this contribution to the debate. I am very pleased we are able to get more posters from both sides of the debate and I hope that this contribution will be the first of many



Dear editor,

The point you are trying to make (freedom of speech) is a crystal clear one and I believe that every human being of a bit of mind would agree with you.Your article is so far so objective and constructive however, there are many gaps and weaknesses underneath. Like you like many other people in today's world you talk about things that you neither know nor understand and you come up with blank terminologies with neither definition nor explanation.

You turn the freedom of speech into a highly over-rated commodity in order to justify and promote freedom of racism that has been a pointed ugly feature of the western society in Europe in particular for many years.

Let me tell you that freedom is not a green card to nasty speeches and/or actions that you can entitle yourself to have regardless how harmful they are and how far they can badly hurt the feelings of others.

"WHAT YOU PEOPLE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR FREEDOM ENDS AT OUR DOOR STEP"

You talk about violence, terrorism and harm principals using your own individual measuring scale to turn facts into meaningless big words.

what's violence??
what's terrorist??
what's the bottom line of the harm principals you are talking about???

I challenge you to define any of them the right way because your definitions have always been tailor-made ones (cut and fit type of thing)....

And allow me to ask you:

What do you know about Islam as a religion????
What do you know about Prophet Mahammad (PBUH)????
What do you know about the Islamic religious teaching????
What do you know about the outer world beyond your country's borders????

Let me answer for you

You do not know any further than the distorted materials that you are being fed by your racial-based media.
Moreover, you people do not even know anything about Christianity nor good manners nor social peaceful living nor positive dialog.

Your opinions and visions can be welcome all the time as long as they are objective and aiming to build a bridge of understanding between people of different cultures, religions, races and colors.

If you don't believe that the logic of freedom of speech should be based on respect and appreciation of one another then you're not in a position to tell our people how to react and you can't blame our people for how far they go with reactions bearing in mind that you people drop the respect and appreciation off your calculation violating the very most holy part of the Islam just for being ignorant and helpless.


Many thanks

Hesham Mohammad

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you don't believe that the logic of freedom of speech should be based on respect and appreciation of one another then you're not in a position to tell our people how to react..."

And was presuming to answer for the author here a sign of "respect" and "appreication"? No, it was a sign of arrogance. You didn't perceive it as disrespectful, but it was.

"...you can't blame our people for how far they go with reactions..."

On the contrary, people must be held responsible for how they react to things around them. Certain reactions might be understandable or predictable, but this doesn't mean that people aren't responsible for them. It's arrogant to disclaim all responsibility for one's actions simply because one is "offended."

"WHAT YOU PEOPLE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR FREEDOM ENDS AT OUR DOOR STEP"

Fine, don't bring the newspaper into your house. That way, the "speech" does indeed end at your doorstep.

Oh, wait, that isn't what you mean by "doorstep"? Fine, then I challenge you to define what you mean by "doorstep" in "the right way" and without a definition that is "tailor made" to ensure that you can suppress all speech that you dislike.

10:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... freedom of racism that has been a pointed ugly feature of the western society in Europe in particular for many years."

Oh, please, the 'president' of Iran just blamed the cartoons on the Jews.

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