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Yes, I can see and understand your frustration with the judge and his judgement, but please do not speak ill of a religion followed by over 1.
God has also prevented Muslims from speaking ill of the gods and deities worshipped by non-Muslims so that they do not speak ill of the One, True God.
A lot of those men belonged to the old school who "didn't speak ill of the dead".
THEY say never speak ill of the dead, which makes it pretty difficult to write about Maggie Thatcher.
She said: "It's a terrible thing to speak ill of the dead, I know because it happened to my son and all the Hillsborough victims for 23 years.
But, without wishing to speak ill of the dead, Kennedy might easily have ended up as the presidential equivalent of Steve McClaren.
I have great respect for Herman and his character and I would never speak ill of him, on the record or off the record," Anderson said.
The former seemed like mission creep and the latter seemed like so much professional wrestling trash talk--Campbell said of Nelson, "My mama always instructed me never to speak ill about the dead or mentally unstable.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry couldn't have put it better when it said: "Nobody has the right to speak ill of China's judicial sovereignty.
If you speak ill of another star, fans will get attracted.
While one is taught not to speak ill of the dead, one must admit that this is not the history such a famous publisher deserves.
Byline: Never speak ill of the dead or somebody who has taken seriously ill, common wisdom says.