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originally posted by: Bluesma
I'm with the OP on this. Hypocrisy abounds. They're going around arresting people for hate speech, cracking down on social media commenters, and simultaneously proclaiming free speech a sacred right.
Though I think there is a difference in what is being defended- the americans refer to generalized free speech, the french are focusing more on the freedom of the press- the press is allowed to do or say what they want, but not the public.
I want to make another point-
The cartoons published are not funny- they are not humorous. The only thing that gives them attention is the fact that they depict a drawn image of the prophet Mahomet, which is prohibited in Islam.
There is only a snarkiness in doing that, there is nothing to laugh at in the cartoons- except those that find it funny to poke and provoke that part of the population.
A little bit can be shrugged off as a lack of tact and class, but at this point, it is becoming downright stupid and irresponsible. It is pressing everyone to take their sides of the battle field, and some will be joining the extremists, when they were once moderate, just out of a need to defend themselves from constant harrassing.
originally posted by: KyoZero
a reply to: Bluesma
So in other words, we should just let killers be killers and not point these things out? We should not be able to poke fun at a small group of people who think it's ok to kill others while at the same time burning an American flag? Interesting.
Fine...from here on out I don't want to hear one more word about Obama screwing this country up. No more please. I'd also like to not hear anything about black people being violent ever again. I'd likewise not hear anything about the "white master race." NOTHING. I want the news to be about kittens. I want all satire to end TODAY. I would like a direct order to all comedians, regardless or sex, orientation or race to stop making any jokes deemed offensive to anyone else.
speak out against israel get called anti-semite .. arrested.. jailed,, fined .. your life destroyed .. say something about another race they find offensive youre charged with a hate crime ..