Temple Hesed hosted a discussion on free speech and its limitations Sunday.
Riaz Hussain, Ph.D, and Rev. James Redington, S.J., as well as two other panelists, spoke about their views.
Hussain, who is a Muslim, spoke about his reactions toward the cartoons published in Charlie Hebdo.
“When I learned of the images of Muhammad, I was saddened,” Hussain said.
Hussain said that no matter what country one goes to there will always be intolerance.
“It doesn’t matter what religion, race, or country of origin people are. Bad people will always exist,” he said.
Hussain spoke out strongly against hate speech during the panel. Hussain said that while free speech is absolutely worth defending, hate speech of any kind is unacceptable.
“With the right of free speech comes responsibility. Hate speech is never free speech and will only lead to violence,” Hussain said.
Rev. James Redington said there are important distinctions in the limitations of free speech.
“Not all limitation of free speech is censorship. There is a difference between editing and censorship,” Redington said.
Redington also spoke about his views on the recent film “The Interview”. He said that the film lacked respect.
“Satire has respect. Ridicule or mockery has none,” Redington said.
Redington also said the federal government must not be involved in limiting free speech.
“It must be a social change or a moral obligation to be effective,” Redington said.
Temple Hesed hosts many events similar to this one, including other panel discussions and fund raising dinners. Students interested in future events can visit templehesed.org for more information.
Feb. 13, 2015