Truer words are rarely spoken

Ed Brayton, over at Dispatches, has a really nice take on prohibiting criticism of moronic religious beliefs.

A little snip from the post:

It is one thing to prohibit someone from encouraging the murder of an individual or a group; it is quite another to argue, as the government of Victoria did in this case, that you cannot criticize a religion without vilifying its adherents. No government has the legitimate authority to rule on such matters. There is no way to coherently and consistently apply such a law without banning all criticism of anyone's religion. The flipside of having the freedom to practice one's religion and express it openly is that others also get to criticize your beliefs - and yes, even criticize you for holding them.


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