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Get on the train to the 21st century, will you, because you're obviously stuck somewhere in the 18th.
Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.
Oh, goodie. You admit that you advocate censorship on no basis other than that it offends religious people.
I do not see it like that. Censorship is one thing , prosecuting people for wrong doing is the other.
And doing this in this particular way inside of the church is wrong.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
And again, what actual actions did they do inside the church which should be a crime? (Aside from defacing a building, which we obviously agree on.)
You still haven't told me whether you think heathens praying in church should be a crime, and how you're going to prove that they're heathens without invoking general habitus which is not in itself criminal.
Heresy trials FTW. Welcome back to the 17th century.
So inciting people to burn down a church is not the same as insulting churchgoers, which is not the same as saying Mother of God, Virgin, become a feminist in front of the churchgoers.
If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
If you want to be technical about it, quotas for women on corporate boards is discrimination.
If you want to be technical about it, requiring employers to have a union contract with a real union is a restriction of their freedom of association (at least that's what the court in Strassburg thinks).
But of course in the real world, the point of hate speech laws is not to censor honest opinion, it is to prevent a politically and socially dominant group from intimidating and legitimizing violence, discrimination or repression against a politically and socially dominated group.
It is, in other words, about redressing an imbalanced power relationship between non-state actors.
Which is totally irrelevant to a Russian punk band offending the Russian Orthodox Church, because the Orthodox Church is the dominant, and punk culture the dominated, group in that power relationship.
This should not be difficult to understand. But apparently it is.
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