Friday, September 14, 2012

Comparing Satanic Verses to the new film

Our Little President™ and his Secretary of State have criticized the filmmaker blamed for killings in the Middle East. It must be really warm and cozy to be a Muslim radical, with U.S. liberals and their press willing to blame every bad deed on something else. When radicals commit heinous murders, things like movies get blamed, or conservative foreign policy, xenophobia, and even "vicarious trauma", as in the case of the Fort Hood mass murderer.

It's now being said that the FBI is hunting for the filmmaker. To provide protection, I hope, not to arrest him. Maybe the agents can critique the film while they're in the man's company. I saw clips on YouTube, and it's terrible.

The liberal response reminds me of their response to the Koran burning by a Christian pastor. Our leaders should have said, "It may be repugnant, but in America, we're free to burn books -- any books. The opinions of outsiders are irrelevant."

Consider how the United States has changed from a strong country to a weak country under liberal "leadership". When Satanic Verses was published in the U.S. in the late 1980s, Salman Rushdie was already in hiding in the UK because the book had come out sometime earlier in Europe. The Iranian religious leader had already issues his "fatwa" ordering Rushdie's death.

The American response was the expected one:
    On February 22nd, the day the novel was published in America, there was a full-page advertisement in the Times, paid for by the Association of American Publishers, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Library Association. “Free People Write Books,” it said. “Free People Publish Books, Free People Sell Books, Free People Buy Books, Free People Read Books. In the spirit of America’s commitment to free expression we inform the public that this book will be available to readers at bookshops and libraries throughout the country.”
Many of the top U.S. writers of the day held public readings from Satanic Verses.

Will Hollywood support the makers of the allegedly anti-Muslim movie that is at the heart of the problem? Will anyone?

There was a time in this country when we understood that the right to express oneself was chiefly a protection for speech that is repugnant, not so much for speech people liked -- that didn't need much protection, now, did it? That all goes out the window with liberals because, to them, freedom is less important than making everyone feel happy. The multicultural circlejerk trumps basic freedoms.

I yearn for the day when we have strong leaders again. The kind who would have said, "Americans are free. We're not afraid of people who don't like it."

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