His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, is the fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Elected to this lifelong position on 22nd April 2003, he serves as the worldwide spiritual and administrative head of an international religious organisation with tens of millions of members spread across 200 countries.
on June 04, 2013 :
While some credit must be given to the imam for his arguments against reacting violently to slights against Islam and/or its prophet, he still fails to recognize that (a) drawing attention to the film in question would only inflame passions he would prefer not to see inflamed, or that (b) he is requesting special treatment that no other entity is either entitled to or deserves. We are free to criticize people, their works, and their governments, but for some inexplicable reason, the imam argues, religion is above reproach and ought not be criticized.
Blasphemy is a victimless crime and blasphemy laws do little more than inflate the importance of religion in a society that, frankly, has no need for the burdens placed upon it by those religions. The sooner we move away from blasphemy and towards free speech -- even offensive speech -- the better we will all be. This is true without regard to the gods or religions being blasphemed.
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