Jihadi Nutballs, Take Note
This weekend demonstrated an inconvenient truth for those who think that in response to free speech they should go shoot people:
In America any such attempt has a high probability of turning into a two-way shooting range, and due to our 2nd Amendment we are typically quite reasonable shots with our weapons too.
You may pull something like this in France, Spain or similar where the population has been pussified and given up their arms, but we still have ours and we’re not going to give them up — except, of course and under perfectly-reasonably justification, bullets first.
Free speech is worth defending; there has never been a time that people have tried to censor or threaten people for inoffensive speech. Indeed, it is only speech offending someone that is ever threatened.
Nonetheless there is an important point of note: Despite being deeply offensive to Christians everywhere nobody went on a shooting spree when “Piss Christ” was put on display, nor when other various images were concocted insulting Christianity.
Irrespective of whether you find a cartoon insulting or not the cartoonist has every right to draw and display it. In fact, the more insulted you are the more right that person has, because it is only through the mental confrontation in the offended’s mind that necessarily takes place when free speech occurs that people question their beliefs, religions and suspicions.
It is through this process of inquiry, whether it occurs with attendant insult or not, that we find that which we hold as “true” when it comes to matters that cannot be proved but rather are beliefs, whether they be related to religion or otherwise.
To those in the Islamic community who believe that there is no right to insult your prophet and that such merits a legal or violent response: You’re wrong, and if someone else believes that said person was a pedophile war-mongering monster they have every right to both say it and draw it. Those who attempt to meet such free speech with violence in this country will, as they have, discover that we both defend our Constitution and will shoot back, ending your murderous rampage, and I advocate that we dip our bullets in pig fat before doing so as well. After all, a well-lubricated weapon is a happy weapon.