Freedom of expression - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Broseph Goldmanstein
    • 30.05.07 | 12:01 (IDT)

    If this bill is passed, it will be yet another example of the failure of justice in Israel's so-called "liberal democratic" society. Freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are two of the key values of a liberal democratic society. The very notion that these rights are to be suspended in a situation in which people are likely to be offended by the expression is absurd - it completely contradicts the purpose of these rights. This is yet another example of the Israeli state bowing to the "FCD" (Frummest Common Denominator) and curtailing the rights of some of its citizens to satisfy the absurd and anachronistic sensitivities of the religious lobby. While the voice of the religious citizens of Israel deserves equal consideration to anyone else's in this "democracy", their right to shape Israel's laws only extends so far as it doesn't abridge the democratic rights of others.

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    First published 00:00 30.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 30.05.07
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