Are we ready for freedom of speech?
According to all our totalitarian regimes, we are not. According the the US government who continues to support and back dictatorships of the regions, we are not. Now the issue is back to us as individuals. ARE WE READY?
If you asked the Czar or Russia right before the bolshevik revolution if he thought people are ready to become a republic he would probably have said NO
If you asked Louis XVI right before his head bounced into the bucket below the guillotine if people are ready he would have probably said NO.
Freedom of speech is the right of every human to ever walk the face of this planet. It's not given or bestowed. It's NEVER given it's only taken, demanded and enjoyed by true free citizens
It's so strange to see the prophet and his successors (the Khalifs) acknowledge, honor, guarantee and tolerate this freedom in their time, while we as Arabs, 1400 years later think we're still not ready on the fears that it will be complete chaos due to that.
Sadly, freedom of speech is only taboo in certain areas, while everything else, is free and public. It just depends on the type of hypocritical regime you have. Here are some examples of items that are not banned by the lack of freedom of speech.
A Saudi man asking to award men who beat their wives 1000 Riyals
A Jordanian minister, mayor or representative asking to burn and kick out all Palestinians
A Syrian official calling every one a traitor
An Arabic household asking for the torture of their Srilankan maid to force her to confess to the missing jewelry
A Lebanese producer fighting for the right to show nude models (as long as they appear in the back ground of the video clip)
An Egyptian cleric, issuing a Fatwa allowing rape of minor girls
An American writer can call for the nuking of all the Islamic holly shrines
These examples are not subject to freedom of speech, they're allowed and maybe sometimes even encouraged!
One day, we will all be able to see the world for what it is, and free our minds of the prison that has been placed on our eyes to convert us from humans, the most noble of all creations to simple gears in the ugly industrial machine. Always spinning, and never getting anywhere!