Essay on American Freedoms for the Muslim World
As an American we are guaranteed certain rights, one of these rights is the freedom of speech, granted to us by our founding fathers, it is the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, it has since been used as a founding point for the Right to Freedom of Expression which is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in International Human Rights Law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).1
But is there a line that must be drawn? Are we truly ‘All entitled to our own opinion’ or is it true that ‘We are all entitled to our own opinion, the problem is when you share it with everyone else’?
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The reaction to this movie is a clear indication of just how dangerous it can be to express ourselves freely, but is that the responsibility of the one expressing himself, the responsibility of the one offended, or the responsibility of the government to limit and thus protect us from ourselves?
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” ~ Benjamin Franklin 3
Our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin being one, believed that it was more important to have freedom than protection. In fact we are warned that if we are willing to give up our freedom in order to gain protection we will lose both. This does not sound appealing to me at all! “Give me Liberty or give me Death!” Patrick Henry said, if the price of living free is death then he was gladly willing to pay. Sadly there are many cases where the individual is ignorant of what they are saying, they base what they believe on what they have heard others say, or something they have seen or read, they have done no real research on the topic and they ‘shoot their mouth off’ without fully understanding what they are saying. When this is the case it is easy to become angry with that person for speaking out of ignorance, and the argument