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TAKING OFFENSE AT ONE'S RELIGION
If any one who
says such remarks about Christianity as Rushdie or Nasreen has said about Islam should be
executed, thousands if not millions of people would have to die. If anyone who said that
the Bible should be thoroughly revised had to be sent to prison, there would not be enough
prisons in the world to hold those making such remarks in one Western country.
The situation is yet more complex. It is not merely non-religious people who have
criticized religions, different religions have also criticized each other. Should the
Bible be banned, for example, because it offends the sentiments of Pagans, of whom there
are still existing groups in Europe and America, by branding them as instruments of
the Devil and thereby promoting social discrimination against them?