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Originally posted by ArMaP
Originally posted by Xilvius
Maybe I'm retarded, but my common sense is wondering how someone can get sooooooo offended just because their "prophet" is depicted as a cartoon. I mean seriously, what kind of 4 year old mentality is that?
According to their religion, any depiction of their prophet is forbidden, and if people kill because of soccer, what's so surprising about killing in the name of religion?
It's just an excuse for their violent behaviour, just that.
As far as this arson attempt on this hero of sorts, I think the childish extremist punks should be beaten and shot.
What extremists? Has this case been made more clear and we really know who were the responsibles?
As things are now, if someone that doesn't like Lars Vilks throws a stone in his direction it will be considered an extremist's attack, they are now the perfect escape goats.
Abusing Free Speech
Georgetown Law Weekly Newspaper
Freedom of speech is undoubtedly one of our country’s most distinguishing characteristics.
It easily sets us apart from fellow powerhouses China and Russia, where the baton or the bullet often greets those who “doth protest too much.” Our reverence for free speech even distinguishes us from some Western countries like Germany. There, it’s a crime to deny the Holocaust. Here, uniformed Neo-Nazis can spew their madness on a city street in broad daylight.
Such is the extent to which we revere the right to generally say what you want, when you want, where you want (short of yelling “Fire!” in that proverbially crowded theater, of course).
That First Amendment freedom has benefited our country in many ways. Among other things, it has protected and fostered the free flow of ideas, creativity, and political debate. Further, that right has been guaranteed by the blood of soldiers and exemplified by men who lost their lives while speaking out for good, but at-the-time controversial causes.
It is therefore more than a shame when our fellow citizens abuse free speech.
For over a decade, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been a two-man case study in such abuse. The pair has gotten away with much, from lampooning Tom Cruise as a closeted homosexual to depicting various respected global figures engaged in all manner of debauchery.
Originally posted by whiteraven
I have a hard time adopting suppression to any form of the suppression of free speech.