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http://www.uriasposten.net/pics/JP-011005-Muhammed-Westerga.jpg

This is one of the cartoons of Mohammed that was in the Norwegian and Dutch papers that caused rioting and a blatant attack on freedom of the press.

I'm just spreading the First Amendment.

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champagnesheik
Feb. 8th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've been wanting to see that. *disturbed*
rastagirl9
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Me too, luckily Google Images does not censor its images.
wiggly
Feb. 8th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
I can't believe how fucking out of hand this has gotten. Humanity can be so self-righteous. Don't tell me we're a brillant race. I swear....
late2start
Feb. 8th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
the difference is that a person has all the desire and potential to be smart and sensible, but people as a group are generally dumb fucks and try to kill the unwanted voice of reason....as many great historians have so eloquently put it.

This comes to mind...

"There is great tension in the world, tension toward a breaking point, and men are unhappy and confused. At such time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions. What do I believe in? What must I fight for and what must I fight against? Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of man. And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken. And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost"

-Steinbeck, East of Eden

I read this a couple of weeks aga and it has been mulling over in my miind. For me, it is the closest thing to a personal metaphor I have found...I thought i should share...
rastagirl9
Feb. 9th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
That's a wonderful passage, I'm keeping it in my mind.
late2start
Feb. 9th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
Im sorta in that mood, so I will share a shorter one that I ran into at starbucks earlier. It gave me hope without being to idealistic about it, and for me thats the best kind of hope there is...

"Surely most men are destroyed, but there are others who like pillars of fire guide frightened men through the darkness...It is true that we are weak and sick and quarrelsome, but if that is all we ever were, we would, millenniums ago, have dissappeared from the face of the earth. A few remnants of fossilized jawbone, some broken teeth in strata of limestone, would be the only mark man would have left of his existence in the world. But the choice, Lee, the choice of winning!"

he basically talks about how choice is the real empowerment that man has. The great equalizer to him is not faith or acceptence of destiny, but choice...and with me that rings true
rastagirl9
Feb. 10th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
You should give speeches at Redman's house and at high school graduations.

Yes, I admire that this lacks the idealism that too often plagues advice and wisdom. This rings true...while not every human is a moral and great human, there are still those that can lead the way with their example.
rastagirl9
Feb. 9th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I won't, because I don't believe it either.

That's why we have to try to change the world.
no_eyelashes
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
There was an article in the Daily about this. I was intrigued. Thanks for sharing.
rastagirl9
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
No problem. Truth must be spread.
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