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Two Horrors

April 27th, 2011 by Mike N · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Another blow to the Constitution’s guarantee of free speech was delivered this time by Michigan’s 19th District Court when it recently ruled that there is a no-free-speech zone around a Mosque in Dearborn. In this zone it shall be illegal for pastor Jones to criticize and/or protest Jihad and Sharia Law in any way. Understandably many people are outraged at this obvious violation of the right to free speech.I’m not a big fan of the ACLU but they have come to the defense of pastor Terry Jones, properly arguing that this is a blatant case of “prior restraint” which is specifically forbidden by the Constitution. Though I agree that the decision will probably be overturned on appeal, one has to wonder why the court did it.

Was it abject fear of Muslim violence (hidden behind an alleged concern for innocents)? If so, was moral cowardice the cause of this fear? But what then could be the cause of the moral cowardice? I’m convinced that it’s the belief that one’s enemies have the moral high ground (because they are more consistent in the practice of self-sacrifice which they share) and that one’s own social system is flawed (because it relies on self interest in order to be prosperous). But why does the evil have to win?

“When men reduce their virtues to the approximate, then evil acquires the force of an absolute, when loyalty to an unyielding purpose is dropped by the virtuous , it’s picked up by scoundrels–and you get the indecent spectacle of a cringing, bargaining, traitorous good and a self-righteously uncompromising evil.” (Ayn Rand The Anatomy of Compromise)

Isn’t that exactly what we saw with the 19th court?

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I was working in the kitchen a few days ago while one of my grand kids watched Nickelodeon in the living room. I could hear most of the dialog but froze when I heard this statement, from memory now, “I am the superhero Iceman. My job is to travel the universe fighting evil thinkers and evildoers.” Evil thinkers? I listened to see if there perhaps was a context in which he would fight them with good ideas but heard nothing. I think this is a bad idea to plant in the minds of children. Obviously this is paving the way for children to accept the notion that hate speech should be outlawed along with other undesirable thoughts and speech.

We can’t put an end to self-sacrifice and collectivism soon enough.

3 Comments so far ↓

  • Michael

    isn’t this a case of free speech on other people’s property?

  • J.N.

    Michael:

    I believe that the pastor had petitioned to protest on public property. He was not protesting on private property as far as I know.

  • Elmas

    Knowing the lack of a government that will protect you against these brutes (like the one we have now), if you were the judge, how would you vote?