Red Shoulder Hawk

Red Shoulder Hawk

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Exercising self restraint in free speech

I seldom blog about political stuff; there are so many voices already. I prefer to blog about my work at healing the division between my own soul and my actions. Still, I've been watching this Danish cartoon thing closely for months now. I finally found a voice of one who echoes my own hopes and beliefs:

We — in both the Western and Muslim worlds — are at a crossroads. The false divisions being drawn are threatening to destroy the bridges our shared common values have built. We are in dire need of mutual trust.

We must reassert the inalienable right to freedom of expression, while at the same time urge the measured exercise of that right. We must promote a self-critical approach to our affairs that refuses exclusive truths and narrow-minded, us-and-them visions of the world.

~Tariq Ramadan (read the whole article)

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