Saturday, October 01, 2011

Freedom of Speech v. Freedom to Hate

As you know, I've been posting semi-regularly here about the ongoing anti-mosque shenanigans in the small town of Murfreesboro, TN, where a campaign to stop the construction of an Islamic center has led to some pretty shocking displays of hate and ignorance on the part of those opposed. In addition to blatant stuff like vandalism and arson, another venue for this hate and ignorance has been a local paper called The Rutherford Reader, which has dedicated countless paragraphs since this saga first began to a very pronounced, very transparent anti-Muslim agenda on the part of its publisher, and which is being opposed in a campaign by one citizen (not a Muslim, FYI) who's simply had enough of the hate. When I wrote about it last month, I said this was a story that makes you feel pride and shame in equal measure. That's still the case. Here's an update, via Jonathan Meador at Nashville Scene.

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