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“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin

First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the magazine staff slaughtered by Muslim extremists in Paris.

Having said that, I don’t know what nuances ‘freedom of speech’ hold in France, but I am familiar with those nuances here.

And I side with those who do, say and publish vile things – the Piss Christ (jar with a crucifix submerged in urine) as ‘art’; some play in NYC where a Mormon has a Book of Mormon inserted rectally as part of a ‘performance’; those Westboro Baptist Church idiots…

And those who burn the American Flag as a means of social and political protest.

I side with their right to freedom of expression;  this doesn’t mean I agree with them!

But, now we come to those bastards who killed 12 people in Paris (a largely gun-free zone) because they had the nerve to publish cartoons making fun of the prophet Mohammad – something Muslim extremists find reprehensible.

I’ve no problem with Muslims going about their daily business and worshiping as they please.  And I can understand being upset at Mohammad being made light of, just as most Americans find the artistic and dramatic expressions mentioned earlier disgusting.

But most Americans wouldn’t kill people for exercising their ‘freedom of expression’.

“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”  –  Benjamin Franklin

cartoonjyllandsposten_bombhead“The way to overcome them in this instance is to overwhelm them with disrespect and mockery. They can silence one magazine, but they can’t silence the entire Internet. Every blogger, of every political stripe, be it left, right, and everywhere in between, needs to realize that freedom of speech and freedom of the press are the two keystones of your ideology, whatever it may be. You need to make a stand. You need to make these terrorists lose the ideological battle. And the way to do that is to republish the Mohammed cartoons yourselves. Today. Right now.”(Sipsey Street Irregulars, PJ Media)

Lafayette, we are here!

(Recognizing, of course, that my tiny blog is infinitesimal in the world of self-expression and free press.  But we must take a stand somewhere.  Please go to the PJMedia link above and select one or more hated cartoons and put it(them) out there.  For the good of all freedom-loving people – Guffaw)

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on ““We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin

  1. (Tomi was unable to post a comment from her workplace, I told her I could copy and paste for her, as follows:)

    Charlie is virulently anti-religious and was an equal-opportunity offender in that regard.
    This is part of a long tradition, since the French Revolution, which was very anti-Catholic due to the Church’s support of the monarchy. So, political mockery of religion is very much a French tradition and was not seen as radical or offensive as many here in the US might see it.

    Also, I want to shout to the rooftops to anyone who will listen that mockery of religion is NOT hate speech!
    Religion is a chosen belief system and I can mock it all I want in a society that has freedom of speech.
    Charlie was anti-racist and anti-homophobic – they did not engage in hate speech, but mockery of belief systems. That is completely allowable in free societies.

    And, we should all keep in mind, that whether we choose to “agree” with Charlie’s editorial stance or not, in the eyes of the murderers we are ALL Charlie, because we allow such speech. That’s why I say

    NOUS SOMMES CHARLIE!!!

    Posted by guffaw1952 | January 9, 2015, 8:46 am
    • Thank you.
      For the record, I don’t believe in ‘hate speech’ There is just speech – some with which we agree, some about which we have no opinion, and some that is vile.

      NOUS SOMMES CHARLIE, Indeed!

      merci’

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 9, 2015, 8:50 am
      • Perhaps “hate speech” was poorly chosen.
        I was attempting to illustrate the difference between:

        Muslims should be killed.

        vs.

        Islam is a crap religion that belongs in the dustbin of history.

        One is directed at people, the other one is directed at a belief system.
        Big difference, although the two are often conflated.
        Charlie was a purveyor of the latter, although I have seen (not here) terrorist apologia saying that they were guilty of the former and therefore brought the attacks on themselves.

        Infuriating.

        Posted by Tomi | January 9, 2015, 8:57 pm
      • People are gonna believe as they do. If one looks at the historical context of Moorish action over the past, well, forever,
        one can see why some folks don’t exactly see it as a religion of peace.
        Of course, there are specific actions of individuals which show humanity, as well – like Moroccans hiding Jews
        from the Nazis.
        YRMV

        Posted by guffaw1952 | January 10, 2015, 8:21 am
  2. There is just speech

    Exactly. “Hate speech” is progressive groupthink bull$#!+.
    If someone wants to go all David Duke and yell nonsense from the rooftops, that’s OK if it’s his rooftop. If I want to yell that they are an A-Hole, that’s OK too.
    There is just speech indeed.

    Posted by KM | January 9, 2015, 9:34 am

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