reply to post by ColCurious
I'm not expecting freedom of speech to cave in to anything...religious fanatics or otherwise.
To stay on track, I said this is an example of two wrongs don't make a right.
You said that the wrongs are inequal; which, albeit is true...doesn't make one wrong LESS wrong than the other...wrong is wrong and there's no
justification for wrong.
Feeling insulted as to one's religion more or less belies it being about religion because, ideally. 'religion' is supposed to get a person past
those kinds of things...or so I always thought...of course, human behavior is not ideal and neither is religion.
I do not think the violence is justified for any reason...violence is not justifiable in my personal opinion.
I also do not think that freedom of speech is something we should defend when it is abused...i.e. as in shouting fire in a crowded theater that is not
on fire. The reason is obvious.
The person who was responsible for crying fire is quite possibly not even someone who is American in the true sense of the word...it is suspicious
that the man turns out to have an Egyptian name and possible family ties in Egypt. Without impinging on anyone's constitutional right to free speech,
I cannot say that the man's actions and motives are defensible under the idea of free speech because he voiced intent of causing a reaction...and a
riot ensued just as he seems to have wanted.
That isn't freedom of speech but abuse of that freedom. While it may not be illegal in so many words, it is still wrong. But that doesn't make the
violence that erupted any less wrong...
Like I said, wrong is wrong.
And to abuse our freedoms in full knowledge that there will most likely be negative consequences for people who had nothing to do with it but who
become victims to the reaction is not what someone does in the pursuit of happiness...maybe he is happy, seeing what's happened. But I think what he
did was wrong, especially with the intent he himself claimed, even if his intentions hadn't been successful.
I'm not defending religious fanaticism or attacking a freedom that I do not wish to give up to appease easily offended and violent people. But I
can't defend someone who uses that same freedom to incite attacks against other people.