Thursday, June 05, 2014

Free speech for yourself means free speech for others...

...and vice versa.

While the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle Church has stated there is ‘no justification for such an attack on any individual or their home whatever their religion’, McConnell says he stands by his views. Just as Ian Paisley has said in recent years that the conditions Northern Irish Catholics had to endure in the Sixties were wrong, he stands by his views on Catholicism itself.
The important thing to remember here is this: both men are propagators of strongly held religious beliefs. It goes without saying that they think that every other religion is wrong. If a country is to have personal and religious liberty, a pastor must be free to criticise, and condemn to hellfire, any religion he sees fit, just as anyone is free not to attend his Sunday sermon. 

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