Christians and Free Speech

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by John Ellis

Several weeks ago, after the horrendous terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, a Muslim cleric named Anjem Choudary wrote an op-ed in which he claimed that, “Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.” I’m not qualified to deconstruct the validity of Choudary’s statements in light of the teachings of Islam; nor am I interested in doing so. In fact, I’m not even interested in expressing opinions about Anjem Choudary’s op-ed piece; that’s not what this article is about. The reason I bring up Choudary and his op-ed is because while reading it, I was struck with the question, “Should Christians support free speech/expression?”

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