Just be sensitive about what exactly you wish to tell the world.”
Yeah, well, that seems to be the current situation here in Germany, as far as I can tell -.-
As you may or may not have noticed, there was quite an outrage about Innocence of Muslims, a film by American pastor Terry Jones. I think no-one really knows for sure, since few people were actually able to see the whole film, but apparently, it shows the life of Mohammed in a rather insulting way (including everything from “He’s a pedo and rapes little girls!” up to “Oh, wait, no, he’s actually gay!”). Yeah. Logic and stuff…
Anyway, so people reacted badly, violently even. Which is every bit as bad as the film, I might add; worse, even, because the film didn’t harm and kill other people. It’s like in kindergarten, when the annoying kid calls you names, but instead of ignoring the moron, you start hitting random kids standing nearby who have nothing to do with anything.
Subsequently, people started to hate Terry Jones even more than before, and now Germany has forbidden him to enter the country. Minister Westerwelle claims it’s about national security or something while Chancellor Merkel says that we have, indeed, freedom of speech, but only so much.
Yeah. Right. Smart move, guys, I’m so damn impressed and proud to be German that I’m practically bouncing up and down-
Oh, wait, no, that’s because I’m listening to some awesome music right now!
Listen, I’m not pro-Jones, and neither do I support hate crimes of any kind (which should be obvious as well as self-evident, but apparently, these days you have to say that time and time again, or else people might start calling you hateful and racist and whatnot…). But I’d still say he has the right to say what he wants in any way he wants. Asshole or not, but that’s one of the foundations of Democracy. His message might be wrong and insulting to some, but he fucking has the right to spread it. I didn’t read anything about that, so I’d wager he did not tell people to go kill one another, and as long as he doesn’t, he can bloody preach whatever the hell he likes.
Because, and now listen very carefully, who the hell says we have to take him seriously and let him insult us?! Kindergarten again: Who else was told not to listen to the annoying asshole and just walk away, ignoring him? Yeah, I thought so. So why on earth do grown-ups act like kids who never heard of that advice? oO I don’t get it. I mean, shouldn’t we be able to, I dunno, ignore that asshat as well and just go on with our lives? You know, like, be mature about it, tell him hes a dick and we don’t care about what he says?
Now telling him he can’t come here and practice his oh-so-valued freedom of speech, that’s a stab in the back of everyone who also wants to be able to say what they want whenever they want without having to fear repercussions. We should be aware that granting this right only to those who say “good” things is practically the same as taking it away from everyone. Who says what can be said and what can’t? When does it stop?
So I might sound paranoid or whatever here, but just think about it a little, and then ask yourself what you are ready to sacrifice because you’d like one tiny bully with a small penis (sorry, couldn’t resist…) to shut up. I think protecting our rights and our freedom is well worth putting up with a few of those jerks, however much we may dislike them and their opinion.
Phew, I didn’t really mean to let this escalate into a full-blown rant… Well, whatever. It’s worth it.
Go think a little, and then tell someone. Because you can.
€dit: Apparently, even some Muslim societies are against a ban on the film, claiming that this would only make things worse and assign an importance to the film it shouldn’t posses. Now that’s exactly what I mean; be mature about this, keep calm and carry on. Jones is a dick, he doesn’t even deserve this kind of attention. And yes, I see what I did there^^