Imagine the public outrage at the following possible, fictitious headline:
MUSLIM LANDOWNER FORCES REMOVAL OF CHRISTIAN BILLBOARD!
There would be no end to complaints of violation of free speech.
ATHEIST LANDOWNER FORCES REMOVAL OF CHRISTIAN BILLBOARD!
Both cases would be a violation of free speech. Why is it that the following headline would be accepted as justice by 70% of Americans?
CHRISTIAN LANDOWNER FORCES REMOVAL OF ATHEIST BILLBOARD!
MUSLIM LANDOWNER FORCES REMOVAL OF ATHEIST BILLBOARD!
The plain truth is that religion must stifle free speech for in the face of actual truth, the pseudo-truth of religion withers. This is why Christianity, despite claims to the contrary, is waging war on the Constitution of the United States, and has waged war upon it, since it’s inception. Without the ability to control the government and the courts Christianity is powerless to enforce it’s dogma upon the public at large. Life under a Christian concept of God’s Law would be no more tolerable than life under Sharia Law, or for that matter under anyone’s rigid religious dictates.
Stifling of free speech, be it Atheist, Christian, or Muslim is a diminishment of guaranteed Constitutional rights. It is an admission by the oppressor that the ideas he/she proposes cannot withstand a debate and can prevail only if other ideas are suppressed or eliminated.
There are those who would accept the negative publicity generated by the stifling of free speech in such an oppression of Constitutional rights as promoting the cause of the oppressed. There are others, like myself, who see it as a perpetuation of the stigma generated by the religious against anyone who detracts from, or opposes, their tyranny.
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