As a postscript to this blog series, I've found a real-life example of the "divided we fall" dynamic of free societies. This BBC video interviews the cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, discussing the failure of the press to support them, and the sad-- but predictable-- result. Quoting the BBC review:
Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten which controversially published 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet…
Regarding the U.S. government’s backlash against satirist Nakoula Basseley Nakoula: No, Mr. Obama, we do not need to punish those who slander the prophet of Islam; especially not to preserve public safety. In tolerating free speech, you do not restrict any peaceful practices of a muslim’s faith. You may still punish any crimes perpetrated by muslims. You are still safer than if you lived in a bad neighborhood of Chicago. And united, we have the freedom to live standing;…Continue
To debate passionate opinions civilly takes a lot of practice, thick skin, some respect, and the ability to forgive. Many people simply don’t have that experience, or want it. In the West today, it’s more common to believe that polite agreement is better than free discussion, that nice people don’t have arguments— so “if we’re arguing, you’re a bad person.” It’s not their beliefs which make them dangerous, but their intolerance of others’ beliefs. These are the real freedom thieves…Continue
Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier was murdered by terrorists on Wednesday, presumably for publishing cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Having been threatened in the past, he declared, "I would rather die standing, than live on my knees."
To pull an unrelated quote, "How then, shall we live?" In this case, what must we believe about terrorism, in order to resist the manipulation of terrorists, and live as…Continue
Following the terrorist murders of twelve people in Paris on Wednesday, thousands of people in the West have embraced the slogan, “Je Suis Charlie” — I am Charlie— attempting to stand in solidarity with the journalists of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. It is assumed that the cartoonists and other staff were murdered in retaliation for publishing cartoons depicting Mohammed.
Personally, I feel that the time to…Continue