Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Beauty of Freedom of Speech:
Watching the Fools Hang Themselves

Let it be known, thence, hence and all points in-between: I despise Fascistic Islam.

Neither do I tolerate X-tian Supremism, Extremist Judaism nor any forms of militarised faith.

Having said that, in a liberal democracy freedom of speech is a reality. As much as we love the truth, sometimes we have to take in the lies as well. That's how politicians get elected. That's how crap from American Idol get into our airwaves.

And hence, we get Dr. Zakir Naik, president of India's Islamic Research Foundation.
The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Mumbai, India, is a registered non-profit public charitable trust. It was established in February 1991. It promotes Islamic Da’wah - the proper presentation, understanding and appreciation of Islam, as well as removing misconceptions about Islam - amongst less aware Muslims and non-Muslims.
A noble cause that makes sense. Sadly, Dr. Naik own presentations may leave something to be desired.

To be fair, Dr. Naik seems to be very erudite. Witness this:

Okay - so he's a bit condescending. But like all lobbyists and salesmen, he knows how to spin the spin.

Of course, I can't claim to have seen all his presentations, so I can't be too quick to judge. If only he can follow his own advice in this more benign example...

Let the man speak so the others can challenge him. That's the beauty of free speech.

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