Whether it is determined that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed by a reactionary angry mob or by a more opportunistic gang of terrorists remains to be seen. What doesn’t remain to be seen is the trailer and the corresponding movie “Innocence of Muslims”.
Censor the damn thing. NOW.
This from a liberal. A staunch defender of the 1st Amendment. Wipe it off the internet.
I’m also a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment and a gun-owner. Forget the “yelling fire in a crowded theater” exception to the 1st Amendment, let’s try this one. I own guns. I see a group of small children playing outside and I hand them a loaded gun. An intrinsically inanimate object right? I think most thinking folks can agree with the premise that in and of itself, this loaded gun is safe. It’s not going to fire and hurt anyone unless a human being takes some action, whether deliberate or accidental, the gun itself is not the threat. It’s the environment the gun is placed in: a group of children. And yet, it’s okay to introduce an equally inanimate object, a video trailer, into an Islamic culture that has a history of violence in response to any/all criticisms of the Prophet Mohammed. Not all Muslims do…but some. There is precedent. And it is wrong.
So after I introduce the firearm to the group of children and one is predictably killed, I expect to be arrested and successfully prosecuted for manslaughter, if not murder. The 1st Amendment protects free speech. It does not protect stupidity or provocative displays that can predictably lead to death.
Is the reaction of the extremist justifiable, or even somewhat understandable. No. Emphatically…no! It is wrong on more levels than I can describe. Was it predictable. Yes. Ask the Dutch cartoonist. Is censoring the video somehow endorsing the extremist actions by implication. No. It’s saving lives. Plain and simple. It’s taking the gun away from the children. And for that reason, the wing-nut that made the video, and the equally sociopathic Florida pastor that supports it, need to be arrested and prosecuted. As surely as I would have for handing the gun to the child.
I may be wrong here…I am pissed. Not nearly as pissed as the family of the four American’s are. Something needs to be done to silence the extremist in our own country before more lives are lost…I’m open to ideas.