How Much Free Speech Is Too Much?

dMay 6, 2015

The Last Refugeby

These past few days pundits and politicians have been either vilifying Pamela Geller’s Texas competition to draw the prophet Mohammed, or supporting her first amendment rights.

Greta Van Susteren’s post on Facebook this morning – The First Amendment free speech clause right is key to a democracy, but how one exercises that right is likewise important. Good judgment is important.

Mayor Douglas Athas told the Dallas Morning News that he wished anti-Islam activist and conspiracy theorist Pam Geller had taken her business elsewhere.

On Bill O’Reilly’s show, Donald Trump and Bill opine:

DONALD TRUMP: It looks like she’s just taunting everybody. What is she doing? Drawing Mohammed and it looks like she’s actually taunting people. You know, I’m one that believes in free speech, probably more than she does. But what’s the purpose of this?

BILL O’REILLY: Mr. Trump is correct. By setting up a contest and awarding $10,000 for a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed, the American Freedom Defense Initiative spurred a violent attack.

Donald Trump believes in free speech more than Pam Geller does?  Yeah, right.

The purpose, you idiots, is to tell radical Islamists that they can’t dictate what we do or what we say, because we have the right to free expression, and their prophet is entitled no more reverence from us than any other religious figure.  Does it make sense to conform to the dictates of radical Islam?  It seems to me that if we do that, we are buckling under to the threats of terrorism.

Here’s what Rush Limbaugh had to say:

So here are people at a convention. Pam Geller… You’ll hear her in a moment. We have sound bites coming up. She simply doesn’t hate anybody. She just doesn’t want any part of Sharia law. She doesn’t want any part of Islamic extremism becoming mainstream in the United States. You know, I have a question, folks. It’s very simple question.

If Americans are to respect and obey the laws of Islam that say the drawing pictures of Mohammed is not permitted and should not be done — and you deserve what you get if you do — then why wouldn’t we have to respect or obey other things in Islam? What is it about drawing cartoons of “the prophet”? Why don’t we respect Islam’s punishment for gays and women, hmm? I mean, if they’re right, they’re right, aren’t they?

When do we follow and when do we not?

Now that you know what I think, here is what the Trifecta team has to say about the matter:

Post Texas Shooting: Is Free Speech a ‘Mousetrap’ for Terrorism?

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Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

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