posted on Sep, 19 2012 @ 07:31 PM
While there are some who dont believe in freedom of speech (predominantly the politically correct crowd), I'm not one of them.
I think its unfortunate when blatantly hateful or racist people hide behind the "free speech" banner but thats part of being free.
What I dont agree with is what would appear to be an outright double standard. Take the
case for example.
This man was arrested for allegedly insulting two Jews (though witness accounts vary). Not only was he arrested, but some media outlets actually
referred to this incident as an "assault"...
The issue with arbitrary enforcement is who decides "whats offensive"? Is it enough for one person to say "I'm offended"?
In the case of the Muhammed cartoon, the magazine would probably argue that it was a joke and that they are protected by freedom of speech laws
(assuming France has any). Well couldnt John Galliano make that same argument? That he was joking, that its his right as a free person to be
offensive? Why wouldnt they arrest the owner/editor of the magazine? Surely, there are Moslems out there who were offended...
My only point is that the State should be consistent. Dont protect the feelings or sensibilities of one group while condoning offensive behavior
While I dont approve of their actions, neither John nor the magazine should face any legal problems if in-fact France was consistent.
But they're obviously not.
edit on 19-9-2012 by gladtobehere because: (no reason given)