Originally Posted by Villian
Are they still personal beliefs when he shows it off to the world on TV? By the way his personal beliefs represent Racism, violence and murder to certain people. Think about Bin Laden his "personal beliefs" are to kill as many Americans as possible. Is that ok too? I doubt it. I guess it all depends on who your hatred is directed at..
Is wearing a cross on a chain around your neck a symbol of your personal belief? Of course. Just because you are letting people know what your personal beliefs are, doesn't make them any less personal.
I didn't say his beliefs are ok. I never even implied that. I would say, however, that it is perfectly ok for him to believe whatever he wants. You can't force someone to believe what you want. Also, according to American laws (I know he is finnish or something like that) Freedom of speech allows him to say/believe whatever he wants, as long as it doesn't break any other laws. IMO, his tattoos represent an extension of his freedom of speech.
Like the Voltaire quote states, I don't have to like anything about what he believes/says, but I should, and will, defend his rights to believe/say it.
And please, never imply that I am a hypocrite again. If an american citizen held the same beliefs as Osama, yet never broke any laws in furtherance of those beliefs, then I absolutely think it is acceptable, according the bill of rights, for them to believe that way.
Comparing Hitler to Osama is a good analogy IMO (both want the death of a certain kind of people), and I would apply the same logic to both.