You all know I’m historically not the most politically correct person. Actually, I try and be the least politically correct I can be on a regular basis. There is simply nothing I hold higher than the first amendment, and I deeply feel that not only is it being used against us, but twisted and distorted, or discarded all together.
Normally, I wouldn’t bother to mention South Park. Parker and Stone are certainly strong enough individuals, who believe in their own first amendment rights, and who have exercised them numerous times in the past. Which makes this deal with the thinly veiled death threats from cowardly Muslim groups all the more aggravating.
Residing in OUR country, and citing OUR laws, they point to the first amendment and say that their religion is offended because someone is showing a picture of their profit. They say that their first amendment rights mean that everyone has to respect their believes and not show their religious icon. What they fail to understand is the rest of the amendment, the law in it’s entirety.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
If you’re reading that as any normal person would, you’d see a couple things stand our. First, that it’s talking about laws being created, not about you living your daily lives. It says that Congress can’t make a law taking away your freedoms, not that your freedoms can never be ignored by other people. Second, the amendment, if we’re putting it in the context of “personal freedoms” also includes the right to free speech. They are in the same law. They don’t trump one another. You being religious does not trump me or anyone else being able to freely talk about it.
Radical Islamic groups, operating in this country, have realized that we’re such fucking pussies that they can use their religion and their beliefs and our 1st amendment as a trump card and get whatever they want. How long will it be until a Muslim person, in a Muslim community beats and kills a girl who’s seen in public with a man and claim it’s legal and justified under their Sharia law? How much do you want to bet that it’ll become a serious test of our legal system when his murder trial goes to court? I’ll save my view of our legal system being bent over for another time, but if you’re vaguely interested (and like spy novels), check out The Last Patriot by Brad Thor. Great Book and it has similar themes to what I’m talking about.
Anyway, my point is that it’s not so much an act of cowardice on the part of Comedy Central to ask them to so heavily censor the last episode as it is an abuse of OUR basic freedoms so that retarded radical fuck heads remain unoffended. I can understand the reasons behind it. The terrorists sent them threats of violence and included the names and addresses of Comedy Central head quarters, South Park studios, etc. Under the threat of death, I can see how they would decide that a cartoon is simply not worth having people die over. I understand that completely. What I can’t understand is why Parker and Stone didn’t say “fuck you” to them anyway and why this obviously dangerous group hasn’t been charged and arrested. If it’s their first amendment rights to threaten someone, then its our first amendment rights to offend them in the first place.
I’m sorry. Maybe I’m dumb. Maybe I can’t wrap my head around it. But one persons “right” to not be offended doesn’t override another persons “right” to offend them in the first place. You DON’T have the right to go through this life and not be offended. I’m offended daily by people wearing Yankees hats. Do I threaten them with bombing their place of business? No, of course not. Am I offended by threats against my faith, yes, on occasion, but I don’t insight violence in retaliation. I also know that it was the offenders right to say/do/create whatever they did. I have no right to stop them because they’re being intolerant of me. My beliefs are not their concern, nor should they be.
That entire premise has been both distorted and forgotten by everyone from government to media to people on the street. Why? Because, these particular people wrap towels around their heads and claim to have bombs. You know what, I’m with John Stewart. Go fuck yourselves. I hope you’re offended.
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