Saturday, April 12, 2014

The law isn't there to protect us from Dieudonné's odious views

From Guardian: "The greatest test for those who claim to champion liberty lies in their attitude to its opposite. How far will they tolerate the intolerable? Do they line up with Gandhi's followers and invite the soldiers literally to hit them over the head? Do they see the Pussy Riot performers as prisoners of conscience or as hooligans causing deep offence to Russia's state religion? The answer in such cases is never simple, but one principle is clear: the more confident a society is in its values, the greater can it tolerate intolerance. A robust community can handle the stresses of pluralism. It can take on board, challenge and defeat odious opinions without having to take refuge in law or state authority." Read the article: The law isn't there to protect us from Dieudonné's odious views - Our banning of Dieudonné shows that the UK has grown feeble. A robust society should be able to handle the stresses of pluralism. By Simon Jenkins 4 February 2014 Guardian.uk