We're free to criticise anyone we want, if the criticised party wishes to kick up a fuss then that's just a sign that maybe their chosen stance doesn't hold up well to close examination, just like all religions...
- "Of course it's OK to insult Christian belief, it's called freedom of speech and we should cherish it..."
In my book, it's fine to disagree, criticise and question. However, insulting is just in bad taste and unnecessary. It smacks too much of not having a sound argument, and I for one dislike it intensely.
I'm an atheist, and enjoy long conversations with Jehovah's Witnesses who come to our door (yes, even in rural Spain). But I wouldn't dream of insulting them - I've got plenty of good points to make without it.
alan14: I am sure that you know what I mean. If someone had made a public reading insulting Islam, and/or the Prophet, there would have been an outcry from the Islamic community. Possibly even legal action.
I respect anyone who holds sincere religious beliefs, and would not consider criticising them, let alone insulting them.
"I am sure that you know what I mean. If someone had made a public reading insulting Islam, and/or the Prophet, there would have been an outcry from the Islamic community. Possibly even legal action."
I'm absolutely sure there would be an outcry from the Islamic community, I don't know about legal action though, unless they could prove blasphemy.
The thing is that Christians, especially C of E, are far too tolerant, they do as Jesus instructs and turn the other cheek. They also take the Church for granted, and use only only for Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals ("hatch, match & despatch" as my old vicar used to say), which is why churches are falling into disrepair from lack of attendance & funding.
This excerpt from the rather funny Ade Edmundson /Rik Mayall series bottom typifies our attitude to church.
"Eddie: When did you last go to church? Richie: Well I don't have to go - I'm Church of England. What are you, Eddie? Eddie: I don't know. Richie: Well, what was your mother? Eddie: A wrestler. Richie: Well, maybe that's enough general knowledge for one day..."
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