Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Free Speech & Blasphemy European Style

We in the U.S. take for granted our free speech as guaranteed by our Constitutional First Amendment. Other countries do not have the same degree of freedom of speech. Take for instance Denmark where the newspaper Jyllands-Posten was in real danger of being prosecuted for blasphemy. Now the Crown’s Prosecutor has decided not to prosecute. Go to Agora for all the latest information from Europe on the Cartoon Jihad.

I wonder if the liberals in America, who so admire Europe, actually comprehend the significance of blasphemy laws as they pertain to free speech. Maybe it is OK with them because not offending someone is more important than having the right to say what you want to say. Oh, that’s right; we call that political correctness. We’ve had that here for a long time. Just go on any university campus and see for yourself.