I appreciate my comments may appear hateful at first, after all they are motivated by anger (and boy am I angry). But no, it is not hatred. It is criticism of a system that leads to so many injustices, and the iron-walled defence of that institution that prevents progress and change (for our community, the public at large, and the religion). I have no hatred for the people who choose to practice Islam, and see many positive aspects to the religion (much like any religion, and I am particularly appreciative of the rich art and culture involved). And I value free speech and freedom of religion where it does not harm others. THAT is the crux here. Voicing homophobia, racism, sexism, ableism through the extremely powerful medium of organised religion (where ideas are spread like wildfire and uniformity of belief is encouraged and enforced) is toxic, and no matter how "non-violent" it is, it will lead to violence. That has to be discussed and put on the table. But it isn't. Never. Because politicians, journalists and the public alike are told this is "unacceptable". That this is "bad PR", that this is "disrespectful", or in this instance "Islamophobic". I know many are uncomfortable with the idea of "freedom of speech" being curtailed, but when those words do damage (or have the potential to) they must be stopped. If I verbally abuse a stranger in the street, that is quite rightly a crime (harassment or assault). If I denied the Holocaust to a Holocaust survivor, that would quite rightly be a crime. So yes, freedom of speech does have it's limits. Despite what many (Christian extremists particularly) suggest, nobody is suggesting a 1984 "thought crime" situation where people cannot think what they want. I believe people are welcome to think homophobic, racist, sexist you name it thoughts in the privacy of their own mind. I do not accept that they have an unchallengeable right to spread those thoughts, particularly to impressionable minds. And even if they do have that right, they most certainly do not have the right to absolve themselves of any responsibility if those words do eventually lead to violence and discrimination in others. Because it is reasonably foreseeable that they would do so. No, I stand by that when you have a minority or oppressed group who cannot choose the way they are (be it LGBT people, a racial minority, or women) - then their rights must trump that of a "chosen" or "voluntary" minority like a religion when there is a contest.