In the Name of Freedom
Since I became part of Lebanese Bloggers Forum (LBF), I always look forward to new members joining LBF. The diversity of the educational and social and religious backgrounds in this blog makes it richer and one of a kind among the many blogs in the World Wide Web.
Yesterday, as I was checking LBF, I noticed a new member (Al-Fil) joining the LBF family. Usually I would be glad, but on this occasion, the new member happens to be promoting homosexuality through his new blog, which LBF is currently linking to as well.
I don’t care if this member is homosexual in his own life as long as this stays private. However, I certainly have a problem if this member is promoting homosexuality through his blog. Now because LBF is linking to this blog, I find that LBF members would be indirectly defending and even promoting homosexuality as well; this I do not like to do.
Starting from my firm belief that a homosexual relationship violates the most basic laws of nature; survival of species… (And for the religious of us, all religions in turn prohibit any form of homosexuality,) I find myself unable to tolerate being a passive accomplice of homosexuality.
After talking with Eve, I learned that LBF attitude is that of freedom of speech, and such topic is under this umbrella; therefore things are not expected to change. I am pro freedom of speech, yet this should not conflict with the freedom of others in terms of beliefs; freedom of someone is limited by the freedom of the others. There should be some rules which makes the transition with tolerance. I think, in that way, the tolerance border was crossed by exposing his sexual preferences which should be kept private.
What scares me is that another Lebanese blogger could write a post about someone with his own sexual exploits, or he would post the names of girls that he slept with or... Would this still be freedom of speech? Can we accept that in the name of this freedom we cherish, or have we at least to set up some limits to respect the other people freedom as well. On my side I think these are things to remain inside the private sphere...