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Freedom of Speech and Drawing Mohammed

Posted by Troy on 6th May 2015 in Current Events

Baseline facts: A group held a drawing Mohammed contest to celebrate free speech.  This, not surprisingly, caused two Muslims to go unglued and attempt to shoot up the place.  They failed and were shot by an off duty cop.

In a rare instance, I was happy to agree with Obama who came out in defense of Free Speech.  It very much annoyed me when Bush did not do this in the similar Denmark bombing over Mohammed cartoons.

Since the group was drawing the Prophet Mohammed, it didn’t take long for many people to condemn the group for holding such a contest.  Others said that hate speech equates to “fighting words” and is not protected speech.  I should think that fighting words should be something particular to a specific person.  Otherwise, that law is so unworkable that it should be ignored.  In this day and age, flying off the handle is common place over ANYTHING.

I wonder where are these detractors regarding Ferguson and Baltimore and New York, where protestors are actively calling for dead cops.  Should they be arrested?  Hell, that’s straight up inciting violence.  In fact, a fair number of protestors in these places are anarchists who WANT there to be violence and are trying to incite it as best they can.  Why?  Because they want to tear the system down.  Why?  Because they are f___ing idiots.

Freedom of Speech must be protected at all times.  If someone was throwing a pro-choice rally, and a guy busted in and shot up the place because the speech offended him, would you say that they shouldn’t have thrown a rally that was going to offend a pro-lifer?  What is the threshold of offense that you wish to lay?  Shall we merely regulate our freedom based upon whatever threshold of the most easily offended group?  I say, “Nay.”  To do so is to render the Freedom of Speech a relic of the past.  I have always advocated that people need to just grow up and ignore those who offend them or deal with them in a mature fashion.

Long Live the Constitution!