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Yet it's insisted that when those tables are turned that billions of devout Muslims around the world must either find the satire or find a way to comprehend that it's all just the healthy exercise of free speech rights championed in Western culture.

As a grown man living in a contemporary society, I would have to consider myself an atheist.    But I wasn't always one.   It's an evolution that has occurred over time with the broadening of knowledge that has shaped my perspective on any number of things.   In the course of that personal evolution, science has overtaken faith.

But atheist or not, I've never moved away from the idea that all religions deserve respect -- not just the ones practiced by those who would ridicule the religion of others.

This idea of ridiculing from a safe distance, an entity held sacred by billions of one's fellow human beings just to see them squirm seems more an exercise for the amusement of psychopaths than one of free speech.

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)

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...nor abused.   Unfortunatly, there are... by Anthony Barnes on Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 10:18:42 AM