“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
Voltaire’s famous quotation still has applicability in the here and now. The case of Geert Wilders is a perfect example of this in action.
Geert Wilders is a Dutch right wing politician, with a history of criticism of Islam amongst a number of concerns to the Dutch voters. His complaints principally centre on changes that muslim immigration has brought about to Dutch society. Unfortunately he is getting worrying level of support.
Free speech must be defended! All political systems, religious belief systems, scientific viewpoints and everything else should be subject to critical challenge or the result will be tyranny of one sort or another. Religious tyranny being the worst of all.
I have never understood why an omnipotent higher power would have any need for man made laws on blasphemy. I would have thought that He/She or it could take care of themselves without our rather puny laws! Omniscience would, no doubt, trump anything we could do!