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
“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)
(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)