The 11th of November is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. This day is a day of remembrance for the war dead. Mostly for World War I, but over time has been for WW2 and all the other wars we've found ourselves in. One tradition of this day is a two minute silence, but this year a problem has occurred.
There is a group of Muslim extremists who are planning on making as much noise as possible during the silence in protest of our military presence in Afghanistan, and their own war dead over there.
Short of attacking a veteran, this is one of the most offensive things they could have done. Needless to say a lot of people are angry, and are calling for such a thing to be banned. But, for there is always a but, one of the main things the people in the war fought and died for is freedom, including the freedom to protest. The right to say and do what you want. There are actually people on both sides of the debate, even though the people on the “ban this” side are saying there shouldn't even be a debate, it should just be banned.
For me, I really am right down the middle on this. I can agree with both sides. I'm a firm believer in “I don't believe in what you say but I'll defend to the death your right to say it” (apparently not said by Voltaire), and “Free speech is free, it's just that you don't like it when people say what you don't like” (said by me and possibly others).
This protest is going to cause a lot more racial tension, and is going to increase hatred towards Muslims though. Other Muslims are telling them not to do it. I agree that they can protest about the loss of their own soldiers and civilians, and as well as people wearing a red poppy, people also wear a white one which shows remembrance of civilians as well. I think if they really want to protest about the the loss of Muslim and Afghani people, they should probably choose a better way to do it, or a better date. Such as the anniversary of the original invasions after 9/11.
They want to protest as much as they want, and to be allowed to remember their own fallen, but if they want to do this, they should let us remember our own fallen as well.