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Kaleva - Finland | Friday, September 14, 2012

Belief versus freedom of opinion

The attacks against US diplomatic posts in reaction to a film that is supposedly critical of Islam demonstrates once again the major differences in values between Western and Islamic countries, the liberal daily Kaleva notes: "The Mohammed cartoons a few years ago already highlighted the differences between Western values and those of the Islamic world, which in practice are incompatible. ... In many Islamic countries the erroneous belief seems to prevail that Western leaders could simply put the freedom of opinion under lock and key. Or perhaps they know that's not how things are but refuse to accept it. ... In secular Western states, by contrast, people seem to have forgotten what a central role belief plays in the lives af many people in large parts of the world. This seems to have surprised many people in the West during the dispute over Pussy Riot in Russia as well."

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