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Thursday, February 02, 2006
More on free speech versus religious taboos. (See also.)Y'know we went through some of this in catholic Massachusetts and conservative southern states during the sexual revolution. Thank god we got that out of the way back then.

Thank god for Larry Flynt. Thank god for Piss Christ. Thank god for Nazis in Skokie. (No, I never thought I'd type that, but in this context it certainly serves as a perfect compare and contrast on the evil-scale example.) Thank god for flag burners. Thank god for the ACLU. (Yeah, they're assholes. So is Larry Flynt.) Thank god for the good and the bad that allowed us to get here. Thank god I live in the USA.

posted by Rachel 2/02/2006
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Mmmm. Warm fuzzies, (via Bekki.)

posted by Rachel 2/02/2006
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better late than never I suppose. It's only taken how many years and this many riots and fiery deaths and beatings and beheadings to finally get to the point where anyone is willing to begin to set aside the pretense of polite/politically correct discussion, and start to address the real roots of this conflict.
Reporters Without Borders said the reaction in the Arab world "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy."
Oh the aching irony. Irony as a form of humor is probably going to take a decade long hiatus once this current war is over.
Other papers stood by their publication. In Berlin, Die Welt argued there was a right to blaspheme in the West, and asked whether Islam was capable of coping with satire.

"The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical," it wrote in an editorial.
Now we finally begin to speak about the real limitations within the Muslim philosophical/religious conceptualization of the world, god, and our places between same.

(Although it is kinda funny to me to see Muslims [meaning the kind of folks who purport to speak on behalf of all muslims in the war agains the west,] give so much power to their enemies. Surely anyone with siblings recognizes this. If it's really to be total war between our peoples, the fact that we can drive the other side absolutely batshit crazy by the way we treat a book and by pictures we draw is a tactical/psychological edge. We can print lots of books you know. We have lots and lots more paper and ink than they do. It's only a matter of time before some artist gets pissed enough to set up a modern art display of a printing press runnning copies of the Koran into a bacon greased shredder. As if it's not enough that we have a technological, cultural, and financial edge, they hand us a psychological one too. Of course, the toll on non-homicidal non-chauvanistic muslims is likely to be pretty rough, terrorists/Islamofascists don't care, and we can't really afford to care much after 4 1/2 years of attempted sensitivity and sympathy have gotten us, here. Sucks to be in the middle. Sucks to have your religion interwoven with the kind of political and military ideology that absolutely must be thoroughly discredited.)

posted by Rachel 2/02/2006
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