posted on Sep, 19 2012 @ 08:48 AM
First of all, it is important to note that freedom of speech and expression is more important than near enough anything else in the western developed
world, and that is precisely as it ought to be. The publication of material which could be seen as deliberately provocative is unfortunate, and should
be looked upon with discomfort or disgust at best, and total outrage at worst, but that is the affordable price we pay for an allegedly free society
in which to live.
That being said, the right to freedom of speech comes with a huge responsibility, as do many of the more fundamental human rights. In this specific
instance, the people who decided to publish this material have failed to uphold thier responsibilites, despite thier obvious willingness to use thier
rights. In my opinion, the right to free speech cannot be seperated from the responsibility one carries to be sensible, respectful, and decent in what
one says. They are like the opposing ends of a magnet, ying and yang, bread and butter.
One without the other however is an imbalance which can destroy the fabric of societies, ruin lives, and cause deep and lasting division. In this
scenario, although we all know that a violent reaction to a non violent stimulus is wrong, it is also a foregone conclusion to this publication,
something which those who sent it to press are MORE than aware of. They are literally making thier own news, as that is what is BOUND to happen. Some
awful mob is going to blockade the offices from which this publication was issued, people are going to be hurt, or worse, some soldier in the middle
of a dustbowl is going to get his legs blown off with an RPG , and all because an ignorant or willful bunch of rich entitled publishers thought it
would be an idea to really annoy a religious group which has a prevalent and dangerous psuedo-military arm which has massive reach and capability.
Whether they had a right to publish the cartoon or not is not the same question as whether it was right to do so. In my opinion, I think it was
wrong. I think the french press has proven, in the last two weeks, that it is perhaps one of the most irresponsible, morally repugnant, and
deliberately stupid bodies on the face of the Earth, and I think it is a matter of time before they tread on the wrong toe. Morally and ethically,
they have made assaults on privacy and religion just in the last two weeks. I dread to think who or what thing they are going to attack without
provocation next time.