By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet
Dana Loesch has a good piece up on her blog with an accompanying video segment that sums up quite succinctly my views on the hypocrisy and spinelessness of major news networks who are refusing to publish cartoons published by the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
A growing list of Western news outlets—NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, New York Daily News, New York Times, Associated Press, The Telegraph, etc.—have decided to not publish any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, lest they offend Moslems.
The astonishing hypocrisy behind the decision to not publish any of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons is pathetic. Some of the aforementioned news networks have no qualms with publishing offensive artwork or caricatures of Christians and Jews.
For example, in 2006, the New York Times published a photograph of the Virgin Mary covered in Elephant dung.
Yet the NYT, et al., refuses to publish any depictions of the “Prophet Muhammad.”
And then there is the example of the infamous “piss Christ”—so-called artwork that was funded by the U.S. government with tax-payer dollars. Many left-wing media outlets had no reservations whatsoever in publishing such offensive “art.”
I would call Charlie Hebdo’s satirical newspaper an “Equal Opportunity Offender.” Hebdo mocked all religions, as well as politicians.
The thought some people are so offended by a mere cartoon or caricature that they believe they can act as judge, jury and executioner is just sheer evil and cannot be tolerated by those of us who believe in the unalienable rights of the individual.
My good bud Terresa Monroe-Hamilton over at Noisy Room sums up my feelings on the matter.
Via Noisy Room:
We must not let fear stop us from exercising free speech and calling out the murderers as they strike those who would raise their voices against a broken and corrupt theology and political structure. Each of us must endeavor to show these asshats the disrespect and mockery they deserve. They can’t shut all of us up – they can’t kill every one of us. I choose to not be silenced, not be cowed, not kneel before a barbaric Caliphate and its evil followers. ISIS and the rest of their Islamic cohorts can stuff it. You can kiss my ass.
Our Constitution is quite clear when it comes to free speech. Nowhere does it state that we have an inalienable right to not be offended. I’ve been “offended” many times by things I’ve seen and read. But it doesn’t give me the right to mow people down en masse; nor does it give me the right to silence anyone’s right to speak freely.
Daniel Greenfield writes at Frontpagemag.com:
Standing up to the Jihadists takes more than a hashtag. It demands that we practice the freedom they hate so much.
Not all Western news outlets are giving in to the insidiousness of “political correctness,” and practicing tolerance for evil. The Berliner Kurier (Berlin Courier) newspaper ran the following front page that reads, “No! You will not murder our freedom!”
Via the Berlin’s BZ paper:
When the sworn enemies of freedom engage in barbaric crimes against humanity, for the sole purpose of silencing any criticism of themselves, then one must fight fire with fire. There will be no debate on the matter, as far as I’m concerned. If you have declared war on me, then I will declare war on you. Period.
Weakness is provocative. By allowing butchering murderers to silence those who “offend” them, it simply rewards atrocious behavior. And when bad behavior is ignored or condoned, bad behavior is emboldened, thereby encouraging only more of the same.
And why wouldn’t it?
Was not the goal to silence, intimidate and frighten anyone who does not agree with the severe and merciless ideology of the rampaging Moslem terrorists in Paris who shouted “allah u’ akbar!” as they brutally shot down Charlie Hebdo and his colleagues?
Shouldn’t that be obvious?
Is the answer to capitulate to all of their demands … just give the terrorists what they want? Is that victory? Is that wisdom? No. It’s called defeat … utter defeat!
I am Charlie. I will not be silenced.