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April 14, 2006

More (Seriously More) On South Park Censoring

Including clips from the show, a likely faked clip of the censored scene with Mohammad, and suggested new Comedy Central logos, a couple of them by Allah, and one by Dan of Riehl World Views.

Related: American Barbarian hassels a bookstore hippie over Borders' refusal to carry the magazine "Free Inquiry," which published cartoons of Mohammad.

The hippie went ape-sh*t, ‘We do too support free speech! I know for a fact we have many subversive books!” I said “that was roughly my point” and left.

Yes, that is exactly the point. People and companies that have no concerns about insulting any other religion or creed in the world suddenly develop a heightened case of sensitivity and religious respect when it comes to Islam.

I mean, take this hippie. Can you imagine him defending a corporate bookseller driving independent bookstores out of business through predatory pricing and low wages on any other issue? I have trouble imagining that, myself. But suddenly he finds himself in perfect agreement with Borders' corporate suits about the importance of not giving offense to the easily, and lethally, offendable.

That is unacceptable.

And I mean that as actually "unacceptable." Jack Straw points me to this good piece about America's de facto acceptance of Iran's nuke program. The following is written with respect to that, but really, it applies to pretty much everything involving radical, expansionist, imperialist, racist, hegemonic, murderous Islamism.

IN THE SPRING OF 1936--seventy years ago--Hitler's Germany occupied the Rhineland. France's Léon Blum denounced this as "unacceptable." But France did nothing. As did the British. And the United States.

In a talk last year, Christopher Caldwell quoted the great Raymond Aron's verdict: "To say that something is unacceptable was to say that one accepted it." Aron further remarked that Blum had in fact seemed proud of France's putting up no resistance. Indeed, Blum had said, "No one suggested using military force. That is a sign of humanity's moral progress." Aron remarked: "This moral progress meant the end of the French system of alliances, and almost certain war."

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