No Regrets

by Sonny Bunch on December 13, 2012

Apologies for the light posting; crashing on a couple of different deadlines (one of which is a review of The Hobbit, Part One: The Hobbiting, to be published tomorrow). But I did want to quickly highlight this video, in which Michael Moynihan explains why “Draw Mohammad Day” was important and why he wishes it had been bigger.

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Matt S. December 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

The problem with “Draw Mohammad Day” is that it doesn’t just stand up to the Islamist bullies, but it insults orthodox and practicing Muslims who, while they take their religious tenets seriously, are not in favor of forcing their beliefs on others by threats of violence. It doesn’t just fight barbarians, it bullies their civilized, peaceful relations. To fight cancer with radiation therapy doesn’t mean dropping a tactical nuke on a hospital. I wish more people would remember that.

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Sonny Bunch December 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Meh. Given the choice between supporting freedom of expression and insulting a few well-meaning (but mistaken! http://bit.ly/UpoJIR) believers or succumbing to the heckler’s veto and forcing artists to live in fear, I’ll support freedom of expression.

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Matt S. December 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I support freedom of expression; I just don’t endorse all forms of expression. I’ll always defend an asshat’s right to be an asshat, just so long as we’re clear on what an asshat he is. As one of my local radio personalities puts it, just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

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Sonny Bunch December 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

The response to Jyllands-Posten’s attempt to fight censorship (both self-censorship and official, government-enforced censorship) was medieval, at best. If nonviolently protesting the reaction to such an event ends up offending a few well-meaning, similarly nonviolent people? Well, that’s too bad. If defending modernity means giving a few people a sad, well, so be it.

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Matt S. December 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

There are many ways to protest nonviolently. I don’t see how being an ass about something is necessarily better than not being an ass, especially when the former way will alienate allies, and the latter will not. Is modernity really in such dire straits that we must insult good people or else free expression dies? Come on, man. Spock doesn’t have to die at the end of this particular culture skirmish.

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