Suppose I say the idea of an omniscient God is abhorrent to anyone who values true freedom.
Suppose I say dogmatic religion is a blight on society and does nothing but justify mindless obeisance and suppress genuine knowledge and progress.
You may be offended. You have the right to be offended.
What you do not have is the right not to be offended.
Argue with me. Tell me I’m wrong. Give me a reason to change my mind. Engage in meaningful debate.
But don’t try to silence me.
We must all have the right to freely call ideas dangerous, divisive and prejudicial. We must all have the right to freely call the people who hold those ideas foolish, small minded and moronic.
We must all have the right to free speech. And if our speech is not allowed to offend, then it is no longer free.
This is why UN draft resolution VI on “Combating Defamation of Religions” (document A/C.3/62/L.35) must be denounced as the blatant attack on free speech that it is.
The Assembly would emphasize that everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which should be exercised with responsibility and may therefore be subject to limitations, according to law and necessary for respect of the rights or reputations of others; protection of national security or of public order, public health or morals; and respect for religions and beliefs.
This is not only nonsense, it’s dangerous nonsense.
Every major step forward in society has required the denouncement of one or more deeply held religious ideals.
To suppress the defamation of religion is to stop society in its tracks.
After all, any idea worth anything is bound to offend someone.