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March 01, 2023
Watch: Bloke cites "free speech" in support of burning a Bible, clams up when asked about the Quran
It is always quite entertaining to see people hold two entirely contradictory beliefs and be completely unaware of this fact. It's like wokeism has overtaken their ability to apply simple logic.
Take this British dude, for example. He was asked by a reporter for Reasoned, a UK-based free speech campaign, if religious tolerance or freedom of expression is more important. He unsurprisingly answered freedom of expression and explained that "the mark of a free society is what you're able to say" and emphasized the importance of the right to offend someone. Which I largely agree with.
But just wait.
\u201c"The right to offend somebody is important because we live in a free society," this man says, agreeing that an individual should have the right to burn a Bible.\n\nHowever, how does he respond when it comes to the Quran?\u201d— Reasoned (@Reasoned) 1677530739
The reporter then asked him if she should have the right to burn a Bible. He said yes, explaining, "I mean, I wouldn't personally, I'm not a religious but I wouldn't think that's a great thing to do. But I think that still it's a right you have in terms of expressing your political views, your kind of, I guess, anti-religious views in that case, in a free society."
Fair enough. But here's where it got interesting. The reporter asked him about a recent story where four students at a Yorkshire secondary school were suspended for desecrating a Quran. The book reportedly remained intact, and the Head Teacher said there was no "malicious intent". The teacher was told the book had been taken to school as a dare by a student who lost a Call of Duty game with other students.
The reporter asked if he thought this was the right move on the school's part. He responded, "I do because I don't think it's particularly - I don't think that's damaging that person's free speech."
Wait, what? What about all that "free society" gobbledygook?
He went on, "I think there's a confusion between free speech being viewed as someone literally being suppressed from being able to speak out and someone being you know, punished for that action."
Oh, so as long as we can say something, our free speech isn't being suppressed. Even when they send us to the gulag. Unless of course, it's the Bible. Then anything goes.
He then went on the say the school had a right to punish the student for being "culturally insensitive" and even "racist".
To be fair, I can see how free speech rules would be different in a school than in society at large. I would be interested to hear whether he thinks a student should be punished at school for desecrating a Bible. I think we know his answer, but maybe we can give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe.