Sure, but I think we should be concerned with speech and other incitements that are likely to inspire violence, not any and all expressions that are merely impassioned, competitive or combative on a surface level. Millions of people play Mortal Kombat without being inspired to murder. Conversely, Mark Chapman attributed his murder of John Lennon to reading a piece of mainstream fiction. We can't let ourselves be limited by, much less held accountable for, the mere possibility of a troubled individual becoming triggered by an out of context piece of language.Agema said:It's a numbers game. Spout hate, most people just get wound up... but you'll inspire some to violence, and a few to extreme violence.
Yes, that's why the latter is illegal. That doesn't mean the former (as above) is risk-free.
Of course I would prefer order, moderation and mutual respect. But you can't demand your opponents soften themselves if it's just to make it easier to sink your teeth into them. And I'm sure I'm biased, but the way public discourse devolved immediately before and in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, seems to me to be a race to the bottom initiated by Leftist elements of Remain. Recall the rhetoric put out by that side: 52% of the voting public glibly dismissed as bigoted xenophobic Little Englander scum, not one but two bands at Glastonbury using their platform to encourage the murder of Tories[footnote]Which was immediately condemned by the Jo Cox Foundation, in fairness[/footnote], the normalisation of throwing milkshakes or worse over politicians you disagree with, and the bizarre and worrying trend for Progressives to claim that both free speech and democracy itself can be temporarily dispensed with to secure the "correct" political outcome. But BoJo calls MPs looking to derail the Brexit process "traitors" and that's a step too far? That's rich.Agema said:People can if they want incite anger, hate and thus ultimately violence, but they should take responsibility for it. They can excuse and defend other people inciting anger, hate and violence, and they can take responsibility for that as well. So do you want a country where everyone is screaming at each other and full of hate, and moving towards division and violence? Yes or no?
If yes, just be honest with yourself and others about it. If no, be more respectful and encourage others to be, too.
That one's easy to address: Christianity is by and large a reformed religion, Islam isn't. Everyone from the Pope downwards acknowledges the figurative nature of Biblical language and the requirement to square personal faith with the secular law of the land. Islamic theology and Shariah law do the opposite in stressing the origins of the Koran as the literal, original and unaltered word of God and the enduring nature of its obligations of its adherents. Compare the frequency of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism in the West, versus Christian fundamentalist terrorism anywhere in the world.Agema said:In the context that the West's largest religion (by a long way) also has a text containing such commandments and its own rich history of mass slaughter, indeed they might not be that bothered.