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In the Austrian city of Bregenz a middle school teacher is facing investigation and pending charges for remarks regarding Muslim prophet Mohamed (Breitbart). The teacher, when referring to Mohamed’s marriage with a six-year-old girl, described the prophet as a child molester to her middle school class (Breitbart). This, according to Vorarlberg Provincial Councillor Dr. Bernadette Mennel, will result in allegations against the teacher (Breitbart).
When we discuss the happenings of the time period in which Mohamed lived, it is nearly impossible not to relate those events to today’s society. It is not, in any way, shape or form, acceptable to be romantically involved with a girl so young in the world today. This matter isn’t a question of whether or not recorded events of the past are acceptable in today’s culture, but it is a matter of whether or not allegations are merited for comments that criticize history.
Leading the fight for civil liberties is the battle for global free speech. Whether it is about government, religion, or people in general, freedom of expression is crucial to the advancement of human rights. Stripping one’s ability to make criticisms about any institution shouldn’t be an act that we ignore. No matter who is the target of these remarks, so long as they are not slanderous or harmful, personal expression should not be suppressed.
We must ask ourselves and our leaders this question: Who is to blame for the suppression of free speech? Are we tailoring what opinions we are allowed to have based on who is in our presence? The solution to these problems is simple, and leaders of all types should take note. Harmless free speech is not subject to limitations. It comes down to nothing more than that.