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Posted on 2006.02.09 at 15:36
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Current Music: The Melodians - By the Rivers of Babylon
I thought I would be through with posting about this, but this article about outrage really summed it up nicely. I especially like his point that religions and other all-encompassing systems should especially be subject to scrutiny, criticism, and even ridicule.

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metalclarinet
metalclarinet at 2006-02-10 05:04 (UTC) (Link)
Good column. However, there is a little irony in the statement "British judges have sentenced Abu Hamza, convicted for inciting multiple murders, to just seven years". The column, after all, is about freedom of speech and the statement makes it sound like Hamza should be put away for life for giving some speeches.

Recall that in the U.S., someone published pictures of abortion clinic doctors with the statement that they should be killed. And then someone viewed the website, used the address to find one of the doctors, and killed him. It turns out that the website was protected speech. I assume that Hamza did more than deliver sermons that advocated violence. He must have taken some action that made him part of the conspiracy. But obviously he did less than murder. I'm guessing the actions in and of themselves were relatively minor.

Even in this country, being an accessory to murder doesn't necessarily get you all that much time. One of the guys who participated in the Oklahoma City bombing is already out of jail. Of course, that guy cooperated with prosecutors. Hamza is an all around nasty piece of work.
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-02-10 06:02 (UTC) (Link)
Good points!
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