The poor lady who originally suggested “Draw Mohammed Day” flees to anonymity, ahead of practitioners of The Religion Of Peace-
We have free speech, right? Our leaders understand this, right? And they will protect us if we need them?
No on all counts. You can read every day about the supression of speech in Europe. In Canada it’s less frequent, if only because Canadians seldom object.
Ferdinand Bardimu has mentioned the concept of natural rights is ridiculous. Whether that’s philosophically true can be debated of course, but substantively he’s right, which I hadn’t realized until recently.
People- or “the people” if you will- have as many rights as they are willing to stand up for. The system will do what it can get away with without creating too much trouble for itself. As it stands now the ability to defy Moslems is in serious question. Stephen Breyer has suggested burning Korans is not protected speech, which looks like movement toward a Canadian or European system where “offensive” speech (speech offensive to “protected classes”) is banned.
Something needs to happen, something big, but I’m not sure what yet. Individual defiance is regarded as quixotic and cathartic. The system, and I suppose the Moslems, believe it can be safely ignored. An organized demonstration of public defiance, such as the one planned by Terry Jones and cancelled under such hysterical pressure, needs to occur.
The soft control system will certainly kick in, and as much as I want to do this I can’t afford to lose my job. It may be possible to do a masked demonstration under the theory that Moslems reserve the right to go about masked.