SEARCH BLOG: ISLAM
An interesting article with an interesting premise:
They are, perhaps, the most dangerous words ever written:
“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.”
That, for those who don’t know, is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
What makes those words dangerous is that they guarantee a freedom that, in the wrong hands (or even the right hands) can cause upset and outrage, even topple regimes. America confers that kind of power — freedom of expression, unfettered by government — equally to the conscientious and the flighty, the modest and the mighty, the noble and the most vile.What makes them even more dangerous is that it allow men like Leonard Pitts to write such tripe.
As Islamic extremists continue a campaign of anti-American violence over “Innocence of Muslims,” a risibly wretched piece of Islamophobic propaganda, it is apparently an article of faith for many in that world that the film represents a U.S. government attack upon Islam. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says they have “a lack of ... understanding of freedom of speech and opinion.”
That’s putting it mildly. And that ignorance has become a potentially deadly flashpoint in recent years. It used to be that only a few high-profile, theoretically responsible, individuals had access to the world stage and the ability to affect world events. But with the advent of YouTube, Google, Facebook and Twitter, it is now conceivable some shlub in Fort Lauderdale could start a riot in Mogadishu. So the most dangerous words ever written have become more dangerous still. [full article here]Actually, Leonard, the words are not dangerous. It is the mixture of Islamist ideas and Muslim ignorance of basic human civilized behavior that is dangerous. It is not having enough intelligence and understanding and confidence in your own philosophy that you have to respond with violence because you are unable to refute simple words spoken or written in bad taste.
The temper tantrums of 3-year olds with guns... justified by the scribblings of the half-educated.