Ignorance is the cancer. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • kafantaris
    • 12.09.12 | 15:35 (IDT)

    Islam is not a cancer but ignorance surely is -- with education being the only cure. Many Islamists have been deprived of their basic freedoms for so long they actually do not know or understand what they are. Freedom of religion forbids the government from interfering with our religious beliefs. Freedom of speech forbids the government from interfering with our expression of any beliefs -- even those that are clearly wrong, offensive, against the government or against the prevalent religion. If one of us thus decides to make an offensive film against another's religion, he has the freedom to do so. And since the government cannot stop him, it also cannot be blamed for the offending film. This point must sound strange to those whose entire lives have been controlled by their government or their religion. However, tolerating the offensive conduct of others is the cornerstone of all freedom. To be sure, countries that only recently have espoused democracy have much work ahead of them. First and foremost they need to educate the masses on the workings of individual freedoms. The media should join in this important task because democracy depends on a free media. Let the blood of our good Ambassador then write the first chapter of the Arab textbook for freedom. And let that chapter again begin with the preamble “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.”

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