Mohammed And South Park

Last night, South Park tried to show an image of Mohammed and it was censored by Comedy Central, presumably because it might prompt Muslim extremists to go on a murder spree. This is especially ironic, since Mohammed has already appeared in a South Park episode way back in 2001.

Want to see an image of Mohammed from the 2001 show? The sort of cartoon that could prompt protests, murders, suicide bombings, and lead to international incidents? Here you go:

I don’t believe in gratuitously offending members of any of the world’s great religions, including Islam, but there comes a time when you’ve got to stand up and refuse to be intimidated into silence

If we don’t have the guts to post these cartoons here in the United States because we’re afraid of extremist Muslims, how can we ask moderate Muslims living in the midst of these radical Islamists to stand up to them on other issues?

Last week, one of the characters on South Park said,

“Freedom of speech is at stake here, don’t you all see? If anything, we should all make cartoons of Mohammed and show the terrorists and the extremists that we are all united in the belief that every person has a right to say what they want. Look people, it’s been really easy for us to stand up for free speech lately. For the past few decades, we haven’t had to risk anything to defend it. One of those times is right now. And if we aren’t willing to risk what we have now, then we just believe in free speech, but won’t defend it.”

They were right and so was H.L. Mencken when he said:

“We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”

Again, while we shouldn’t try to gratuitously offend members of any of the world’s great religions, the idea that non-Muslims should be required to adhere to the beliefs of the Muslim religion out of fear that some wacko will murder us if we don’t is intolerable. Our ancestors did not come to this country, revolt against the British, create a Constitution, and tame a continent so that we, here in 2006, could cave into threats made by the same sort of thuggish and violent Islamo-fascists who probably cheered their heads off on 9/11. That’s how I see it, at least.

*** Update #1 ***: Stephen Spruiell over at Media Blog confirmed that the censoring of Mohammed last night was “a Comedy Central decision” and not some kind of gag by Matt Parker and Trey Stone.

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