Thursday, March 09, 2006

Boldly Exercising Our Freedoms

The moral premises shared by any group tells you whether it's a society seeking mutual benefits for members based on respect and voluntary exchanges or a criminal gang. The message from the 200 politicians from 16 countries in the Arab Inter- Parliamentary Union -- a message that screams like Islamic mobs protesting the Danish cartoons of Mohammad -- is that their organization, the governments they represent and the cultures on which they are based still remain beyond the bounds of civilized principles. Those politicians have called on “Arab and Muslim governments to spare no effort to pressure the UN to issue a resolution banning the slandering of religions.”

- says Edward Hudgins of the Objectivist Center (emphasis mine.) He continues:

it's most appropriate that they turn to the UN. This is a case of like attracting like. … The declaration of Arab and Muslim politicians should make clear -- as if it weren't clear already -- that we face not just the unruly mobs that are protesting the Mohammad cartoons but also the governments of most Arab and Islamic countries that would make censorship of whatever offends their prejudices a worldwide standard. Those who hold to the civilized principle that individuals should be free to do, say and live as they please as long as they don't initiate force against others must boldly exercise those freedoms in defense of freedom lest intimidation from those who oppose our freedoms further erode them.

Speaking of “boldly exercising those freedoms,” Yaron Brook and Onkar Ghate, of the Ayn Rand Institute, will be talking about (and boldly displaying) the Danish cartoons of Mohammad at John Hopkins University on Monday … or they plan to!

However, I still maintain that my position is the toughest no-nonsense stance on this issue. We are not just fighting for free speech; we are fighting for the truth and the freedom to speak the truth. As long as we ignore the content and merely focus on the process, we’ve conceded half the territory to the enemy.

PS. If you think intimidation, censorship, and the outright elimination of Islam’s critics is a recent phenomena, consider the original example that inspires this behavior: read James M. Arlandson’s article, “Muhammad’s Dead Poets Society” at The American Thinker.

Update: Enter the Asma Marwan Poetry contest or the Islamic Cartoon Contest.


Blogger Charles said...

Yeah, and if you've had it up to ....
with threats to our liberty in the horrible name of Allah, you are welcome to send a poem or a cartoon to express yourself and support Denmark.

See the Asma b Marwan Prize:

3/9/06, 12:44 PM  
Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Hilarious as ever, Jason. The Ayn Rand Institute is certainly the place I would expect to see the printing of some very poor cartoons called "boldly exercise those freedoms" but they where never ones to recognize hyperbole.

And some magazine is publishing a story about artistic persecution. Damn, that's been with us since long before islam.

Any chance you'll come up with something that isn't compeltely derivative and redundant?

3/9/06, 2:55 PM  
Blogger American Crusader said...

So while Islamic countries turn a blind eye on church/Synagogue burnings, they want to pass a resolution denouncing the defamation of their religion? The Islamic double standard is never-ending.

3/9/06, 3:09 PM  
Blogger Jason Pappas said...

I agree, Charles. Great link.

Humor may be the most potent weapon we’ve yet to use.

Where’s Voltaire when you need him?

3/9/06, 3:16 PM  
Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

American crusader, when was the latest synagogue burning? I do remember one fairly recently in France and that was done by a jew.

Got anything concrete?

Right now I'd say more mosques are being bombed than synagogues. I also believe they are being bombed for political gain, often by gangs of folks like Chalabi who operate with our extensive support.

Nothing's pure in this world. Anyone who thinks so is either a fool or an objectivist.

3/9/06, 3:40 PM  
Blogger Jason Pappas said...

Among the diverse audience that comes to my blog, I have Jews, Evangelical Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, Republicans, Brits, Kiwis, and we all agree one some issues and enjoy our differences … except leftists. Why is it that leftists are the most intolerant, snide, dogmatic, and, well, just plain ornery people on the ‘net?

3/9/06, 4:01 PM  
Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

Well, a couple reasons, Jason.

I really don't care what kind of mixed audience comes to your little hate site. There is only one thing they can be in agreement on...across the board disdain and hatred for muslims. That's what you stand for along with a dab of crank economics.

Leftists ain't buying the crap you're selling. Why should they apologize for being reasoning people?

3/9/06, 4:42 PM  
Blogger Jason Pappas said...

Leftists are anti-reason and explicitly so as I've proven time and time again.

Hate? Take a look at Islam. We're fighting hate, here.

3/9/06, 5:55 PM  
Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

"Postmodernism is a result of using skeptical epistemology to justify the personal leap of faith necessary to continue believing in socialism.”

Hmm, let me ponder that. Interesting. I don't feel the need but it's interesting.

The Buddha told an itinerant musician that he would achieve enlightenment when he broke his 1000th string. When the string broke, the musician changed strings.

3/9/06, 7:46 PM  
Blogger kevin said...

Ducky, your mind is veiled,
your brain a burka,
if only it would open,
and take a good looka.

3/10/06, 1:27 AM  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Offensive speech is protected speech.

On the day the UN invades Saudi Arabia for the purpose of ending what we consider unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment, on the day they invade Syria to end racist govt pronouncments, on THAT KIND OF DAY..they can BEGIN to make the case that slandering religions as a limit to freedom of speech MIGHT be something to consider.

Barring that day .. Collect the parking ticket fines, send these corrupt servants of 3rd world dictators and other racists on their way, and use the fines to BUILD A NEW YANKEE STADIUM.

3/10/06, 8:10 AM  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Hey BTW Mr. Ducky ...have you ever published in SOCIAL TEXT?

You have the knack down clean.

3/10/06, 8:11 AM  
Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

epaminondas, I wonder if you saw the figures on the number of measle deaths the U.N. inoculation programs have prevented in Africa?

Just poor Africans so I'm sure you don't care but it does go to your tunnel vision which fits well on Jason's site.

3/10/06, 11:22 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Ah, the UN. Oil for Food, Koffe's son and his ride, sexual abuses, and the 'safe sex' program in Africa, where instructions for condom use were STAPLED through the condom.

The UN does so much good.

3/10/06, 1:29 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

The UN is a joke.

3/10/06, 11:48 PM  
Blogger leelion said...

The banning of DDT by eco-fascists and other assorted UN type socialist control freaks has led to the unnecessary deaths from malaria of millions of people in developing countries.

3/11/06, 3:12 PM  
Blogger (((Thought Criminal))) said...

Why is it that leftists are the most intolerant, snide, dogmatic, and, well, just plain ornery people on the ‘net?

Beamish's Hypothesis states that leftists are inherently incapable of rational thought.

My quest through the entirety of human history has found no compelling evidence to dispute this.

3/11/06, 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the American Thinker article, the quote by Amir Taheri:

The truth is that Islam has always had a sense of humor and has never called for chopping heads as the answer to satirists. Muhammad himself pardoned a famous Meccan poet who had lampooned him for more than a decade.

"Pardoned?" Pardoned?? What exactly was the "crime", Amir?

Even if you use the poets that Mohammed did "forgive" as your example, something here's very, very wrong...

3/11/06, 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So that even pedants like Mr. Ducky can understand, the point is - obviously - that, in order to "pardon" someone for the act of satire, that act must already be a crime. (!!) Or do you disagree, Ducky?

3/11/06, 10:45 PM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

The Duck proves Fallachi's chapter 11 is correct about the evil alliance of Commies and Jihadis.

Ducky lets see how much real estate do the Arabs have ? It is never enough and lets not pretend the Pseudostinians are a legitamate ethnic group.

3/12/06, 5:43 PM  
Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

What about "oil for food"? t was primarily a success. There were two objectives; prevent Hussein from rearming and stop the propoganda about the deaths due to sanctions.

The program achieved both. Yes, there was graft and I'd be surprised if that didn't occur in something that large.

It's been dwarfed by the skids of hundred dollar bricks that have been walking out of Iraq under our brilliantly effective occupation.

Let's face it from a half trillion in a phony war to the recent clown car administration operative who got caught boosting a few grand of home electronics from Target our government is the class of graft.

Love how you guys contort to support these crooks.

3/13/06, 1:46 PM  
Blogger Freedomnow said...

How can you talk about crooks and then praise the Oil for Weapons and Personal Enrichment program?

3/17/06, 1:10 PM  

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