I wholeheartedly support whoever made the Mohammed-slandering video that everyone is up in arms about. I think Google/Youtube not taking it down is
the right thing to do. I haven't seen the video yet...but that really doesn't matter. It's not the content I support. It's the right to produce any
content we want. And when I say "we" I mean people. Not Americans, not Jews, not Australians, not Muslims - people.
Was anyone physically harmed in the making of the video? No? Then get over it.
I also wholeheartedly support the Westboro Baptist Church's right to free speech. I think they're a bunch of awful scumbags who shouldn't (legally) be
near a soldier's funeral. But does that mean they can't say what they want? NO - they have every right in the world to make themselves look like
terrible people. And actually, it's freedom of speech that lets me know who these idiots are.
More importantly though, I have a healthy perspective when it comes to other human beings. I love them until they show me I should feel otherwise.
Don't get me wrong - I don't blindly trust strangers, but if I were to see a person suffering and I could throw myself in there to help? I would
absolutely do it 100% of the time. Would you not save a drowning Muslim because you could tell they prayed to "different" God? You don't know that
person, you don't know how they feel and what they think and what they really believe.
If you are reading this, and I see you drowning, I will dive in and risk life and limb for you. You are worth it!
They are people. They are worth it. Every time.
I once had someone say to me "I think we should just nuke the Middle East and be done with it." That is beyond insanity. Almost like talking about a
building you'd rather bulldoze than renovate. And meanwhile, you don't even own the building. Are you better because you were born in a different
place and taught a different religion?
I am agnostic as all get-out. I don't pretend to know what forces combined to create this world and the wonders it contains. I don't know that I'm
supposed to yet (or ever).
What I do know is that I can and will say whatever I damn well please however I want to say it - whether it offends you or not, I really don't care -
deal with it.
But don't ever forget your humanity. Don't forget your fellow man. We are all in this together and no one here gets out alive.
So to you fellow ATSers I say - I love you and will dive in when you're drowning. And never forget to say what you want
edit on 16-9-2012 by Hawking because: (no reason given)