I am offended by George Galloway suggesting that ‘For the sake of unity in our society, we have to demand from our Government the protection of our prophets’. What Mr Galloway is suggesting is to outlaw criticism of certain groups and religions; you can’t pick and choose with freedom of speech, you either have it or you don’t.
I am offended by Labour Deputy Leader Imran Hussain when he
says ‘Let’s have freedom of speech, not freedom to openly insult’, it is
the same thing. Freedom of speech is the right to insult.
Even though I am offended by our Respect and Labour parties
anti freedom rhetoric I defend their right to speak freely, let us
remember that without freedom of speech these people would not be
afforded the right to express their views at all.
For them to suggest freedom of speech should be restricted in
certain circumstances is not only wrong it is dangerous for our
democracy and our communities.