Archive for the ‘Free Speech’ Category

Westboro hatefulness

March 3, 2011

I have mixed sentiments about the just announced US Supreme Court decision that supports the rights of free speech even the hateful and cruel speech of Westboro Baptist’s inane funeral picketers. I suppose this leaves me free to say most emphatically what I believe: that the Westboro people will be the ones in Hell for their hatefulness and indiscriminant choice of targets. When we speak of sexual love in combination with affection and commitment then we shall not distinguish what sort of body bumps and fluid exchanges and lip locks are involved. Love trumps hatefulness every time. Jesus assured the Roman soldier that his beloved male companion was healed. As the Last Supper was prepared the disciples were sent to find the man carrying water, which a Jewish man would never do unless he had a gender alternatives lifestyle. Deuteronomy 23:1 says a eunuch has no place in the assembly before the Lord; but Phillip found the Ethiopian Eunuch and gave “him” a pronounced place in scripture. The hatefulness of the Westboro people is presumably based on their understanding of Bible, but I believe Christians must look more to the spirit of Jesus’ teaching than to the bigoted traditions of of ancient Mosaic times. It is clear then where the condemnations fall, and they fall on the unforgiving, the hateful, the merciless, the sort of people who bring added anguish to a soldiers’ parents at his burial. I am free to speak. I live in neither Uganda nor Afghanistan. I live in the USA, where Taliban-like-Baptists spew their venom with abandon. God loves them but he loves the Lovers too, and when it comes to judgment, that is left to the Lord.

Mubarak

February 10, 2011

A dictator possesses by nature a great stubbornness. Pride, too, prevents a clear vision.

Suleiman more of same

February 3, 2011

The Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman’s statement this morning (US-Eastern time) evidences that he is not only not taking the reins but that he is determined to perpetuate the inadequacies of the past several decades.   The medieval behavior of the thugs sent in to quell the reformists crowd shows that “restoring order” probably means procrastinate on reform and identify political enemies for retribution.  The treatment of members of the international press was also evidence that free expression is still discouraged.

Censorship is obscene

December 20, 2010

Does free speech allow shouting RAPE in a crowded theater?   The consequent stampede to come watch might cause public harm I suppose.  If I post a bunch of inane garbage in a chat thread (like now) is that against the law in Florida?  What’s up with Florida officials kidnapping an author in another state apparently without due process of extradition?  Will satirist Jonathan Swift be exhumed from his grave and taken to Tallahassee for posthumous trial? I mean, eating human babies?!  Hey arrest that cartoon gingerbread man, he said “eat me”.  I find people getting all disgusted at the drop of a hat totally disgusting!!!!!  Touch my junk and I’ll have you arrested Mr. secure America TSA-man.  Team America F@%# Yeah.