Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Free Speech is a cornerstone of our democracy. But free speech is often offensive, ugly, and seriously unpopular. It flares emotions and opens old wounds. It breaks hearts and starts riots. It divides families and enrages neighbors. But it must remain.
So this complete nut-job in Bumfuck Florida somehow gets himself a copy of the Muslim holy book. In what I can only describe as a mentally challenged tantrum for attention, he burns it on his property. The behavior is foul and disgusting, creepy and manipulative, dangerous and ignorant. But it must be protected. There I said it.
Based on the nut-job's tantrum, some equally unstable religious extremists go on a rampage and kill innocent people, lots of them. These zealots seem to me a great deal more dangerous than the Florida crackpot. Those folks chose that reaction.
Free speech does not mean the right to agree with each other. It means to right to voice your opinion, no matter how despicable others might find it. Don't we defend the right to burn the American flag? Don't we defend the right to give our leaders the finger? Remember the "free speech zones" established by the W Administration during his every public appearance?
We must defend free speech, even words we find vile and offensive. The rights we protect may be our own.
Posted by Mnmom