Thursday, February 12, 2009

Conlige suspectos semper habitos

BBC NEWS South Asia Pair held for 'offending Islam'

The editor, Ravindra Kumar, and publsher, Anand Sinha, of an English language Indian newspaper The Statesman are under arrest on charges of "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims in India for reprinting an article by Johann Hari originally published by The Independant in the U.K. Here is a sample of the offending remarks: "All people deserve respect, but not all ideas do. I don't respect the idea that a man was born of a virgin, walked on water and rose from the dead. I don't respect the idea that we should follow a "Prophet" who at the age of 53 had sex with a nine-year old girl, and ordered the murder of whole villages of Jews because they wouldn't follow him. I don't respect the idea that the West Bank was handed to Jews by God and the Palestinians should be bombed or bullied into surrendering it. I don't respect the idea that we may have lived before as goats, and could live again as woodlice. When you demand "respect", you are demanding we lie to you. I have too much real respect for you as a human being to engage in that charade." For further reading you can read the complete article.
These seem to be sane and sensible thoughts but anyone is free to disagree and say so, that is what it is all about.

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