23 June 2010

Peace and Tolerance?

Apparently we have lost the right of free speech in America. I don't remember that particular portion of the Bill of Rights being repealed, but, given how it's being enforced, it seems that Freedom of Religion will be next to go:

Four Christians were arrested and jailed recently at Dearborn, Mich. for alleged “disorderly conduct” and “disruptive behavior” at an Arab festival, the Detroit Free Press said.

The Christians were David Wood of New York, Nabeel Qureshi of Virginia and two others affiliated with Acts 17 Apologetics.

They were distributing Christian flyers to Muslims at the Dearborn Arab International Festival, the Detroit Free Press said.

You can read the entire article here.

Now, I would just like to state right off the bat, that I have no problem whatsoever with Muslims, Hindus, Buddists, or anyone else having a festival pertinent to their religion, here, or anywhere else.  What I do object to, is the idea that one particular group should be allowed to practice their religion, but that another particular group must be silenced so as not to "offend".  Would Muslims have been arrested for standing outside a church handing out flyers on a Sunday morning?  They shouldn't be.  In this country, public property is an acceptable place to engage in free speech and the discussion of ideas.  At least, that was true under the Constitution I learned about in school.  Of course, politicians are playing pretty free and easy with the Constitution these days, so maybe this shouldn't surprise us.

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