First Amendment butts heads with violent Jihadists
In the warped world of the wizards at the Arizona Republic free speech should take a back seat on the politically correct bus. It’s incendiary, donch’a know? On the other hand, they do purport to be journalists who value the protections granted in the First Amendment. Without a doubt they dance around the subject, weaving such differing opinions into the editorial that it’s not “difficult to imagine” heated debates surrounding the tone the message should take.
The opening words of Tuesday’s editorial which ran under two contradictory headlines in the hard copy and online editions:
“It is difficult to imagine a more provocative, indeed reckless, event: A contest among irreverent cartoonists to see who could draw the best caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.“
The editorial concludes with these words:
“As foolish as it may have been to engage in such an outrageous act of Islamist baiting, we cannot lose sight of the principle that prompted the gathering. The First Amendment does not exist to protect polite speech. It is there to defend obnoxious, even mean-spirited speech with enthusiasm.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative and its artists too willingly put the lives of others in jeopardy. There are better ways to make the point. But when terrorists are quick to kill those with whom they disagree, we’ll stand with the reckless, nose-thumbing First Amendment-riding cowboys.”
The Republic editorialists must be dizzy from spinning.
Andrew C. McCarthy, author and policy fellow at the National Review Institute, has written a fine analysis in “Islam and Free Speech: Missing the Point in Garland.”
On Monday evening, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” discussing the jihad attack against the AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.
This morning the New York Daily News reports ISIS terrorists —- dismissed by Barack Obama in 2014 as a “JV Team” —- have declared war on Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller who helped organize the event. An ominous online message claims ISIS has fighters across America ready to attack “any target we desire.” They specifically target “Geller and anyone who hides or hosts her.”
Make up your own mind. You can do a much better job than those practiced bob and weavers at the daily. Are Americans supposed to cower in the face of this barbaric insanity?