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Friday, February 24, 2006

Stein: Wake Up, America.

Ben Stein illustrating why he's one of my heroes:

So here's where we are: we have a first amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech and separation of church and state. That means so-called artists can make art of a crucifix soaking in urine and of holy Christian images made of animal dung and no one can stop them. That means bookstores of brick and on-line can sell Mein Kampf and the vilest writings of Hitler's lackeys. These horrible excrescences are protected and the media screams bloody murder if anyone tries to protect the sacred in Christianity and Judaism from the most putrid attacks.

But the media censors itself about the cartoons mocking the prophet of a religion many of whose adherents want to destroy our country and our way of life. We will fight to the death to protect the artists who create Piss Christ, but we'll also fight to the death to protect the feelings of the people who hate us and kill our children. We have surrendered our free expression to people who are at war with us. They kill us in the name of a religion and we bow and scrape to that religion while letting people dump on Christianity and Judaism.

There's a word for this, beyond the words Stockholm Syndrome and the words Political Correctness. The word is cowardice. Or maybe an even shorter word: defeat. Wake up, America. This is serious.

1 Comments:

Blogger ~K said...

I agree with you in this piece. When one considers the infamous cartoons by the Dutch papers, what we have is not just an offensive cartoon but we have a clash of values. For what I think on this you can see my blog, its a few posts down. You may find it interesting. I think that trying to supress speech against any religion is dumb. Even though the message may be hideous, ridicolous, what have you. People have a right to say what they want, and we have a right of whether or not we care to partake of it, or consider it, or not. Anyway check out my blog if you want... By the way you can get tshirts of the Dutch cartoons, just do a google search. My favorite was a shirt that said that, " there is a cartoon of mohammed on the back of my shirt" this is on the front. On the back of the shirt it says, "just kidding" (please don't kill me)."

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