Sunday, April 03, 2011

Will the Senate condemn free speech?

According to Fox News:
U.S. lawmakers said Sunday they would consider a request by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to formally condemn a Florida pastor's decision to burn the Koran, after the act triggered deadly riots in Afghanistan.
If the Congress actually goes through with this and condemns this pastor, will they then condemn all other hateful speech protected by the Constitution? 

For example, when gay activists mock Christianity like they regularly do in San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair, will Congress condemn that? 

When Hollywood produces hateful movies that mock Christianity, will Congress condemn that too? 

When the National Endowment for the Arts funds hateful "art" that depicts things like a cross submerged in urine or a picture of Jesus covered in dung, will Congress condemn that too? (I think we all know the answer to these questions).

Or will Congress only condemn the speech that might result in Muslim violence? And if that is the case, where would it end?  For example, if Muslims were to violently protest the sale of pork in supermarkets, will Congress condemn that too (or regulate it)?

An official condemnation by Congress hands the enemies of free speech a powerful tool. All they have to do to restrict free speech is to incite enough people (in any country) to violently protest.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Congress should condemn violence against innocents as a response to one person's actions. Karzai should condem these thugs and mob-happy idiots.