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Wed Jan 7, 2015, 11:27 PM

Insulting Muhammad is not hate speech [View all]

Nor is it a license to butcher and murder journalists. There is no equivalence between these actions either. No sane or decent human being should use one to excuse or "explain" the other. The only people who would attack and murder unarmed men and women for insulting a historical figure from 1400 years ago is a madman and nothing else.

Even if they had published hate speech. Even if they had outright stated "all Muslims are dirty flithy animals" it would not go one iota further towards excusing what the world witnessed today. There is still no equivalence between speech, even deeply offensive hate speech and outright bloody murder with assault rifles. There is no excusing the latter with the former. Ever.

This a concept DU seems to be struggling mightily with today.

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