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Firstoff, an imaginary scenario in the headlines:
Gunfire and Fists Fly in Hamlet, Tx, as Marchers Wearing "Death to America" T-shirts Demonstrate
What would you think? Would you like to see the whole story? How long could you wait to see some of the story and then instantly condemn one party or the other? Who do you think would be the bad guys? You can bet that the Press would point out the demonstrators with their "ignoble, trouble-causing" motivations.
Politics and religion go hand-in-hand, depending on the religion.
Fortunately for "The One True Holy People," today's story is:
Growing up we were all taught that freedom of speech does not entitle you to cry out "FIRE!" in a crowded theater. No, some restraint is expected. Along with freedom comes the responsibility to be a grown-up who realizes that he's not always gonna have his bread buttered as he would like. That Citizen, to be a Citizen truly, must have a generous heart and must not let it get clouded in some high-and-mighty ideology or principle.
I must say that RESPECT for the sensibilities of other peoples is Imperative if we are to be a truly civilized society. I call the Danish cartoons and their spin-offs HATE speech, not Freedom of the Press. Freedom of Speech and of the Press is all about the Right of people to speak Truth from their hearts. That truth is about justice, that human enterprise par excellence; that truth is about seeking amends when wrongs have been done and about getting for people what is rightfully theirs. That Truth is always beneficial to the lower strata of society. Truth doth never extol or condone intolerance of the sincere beliefs of others. And those who love Truth know that it is something which they can only see, but never possess. Those who know the truth want to see the truth incarnated in Freedom for All, with malice not permitted to reach out towards the Stranger among us. Those who love the truth do verily worship it with the Esteem they have for all their brethren and sisters.
Here is a thread from some few months back with varying stances: http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/22306/respect-as-the-highest-form-of-love-and-how-that-is-relevant-to-the-situation-in-france/p1