Last week I posted about the Mohammad cartoons. As a follow up to this post, I have found a video that demonstrates freedom of speech in action again. I have to admit I admire these two men for their courage, but wonder if maybe they went to far. After seeing the pictures on the Labaf blog and watching their video it is easy to see why the Muslims were so upset. I have links to the French and English version of their blog where you can watch the video at the end of this post.
*I did have the video on my blog but took it off because I decided I didn’t like the picture of Mohammad shown at the beginning of the video to sit on my blog. As much as I believe in free speech, I don’t want to provoke or hurt others.
I have continued to talk about this topic with my husband, family and others in the comments box on this blog. I finally have decided that in the end we must not censor speech. Therefore, freedom of speech is exactly that…the freedom to say anything we want. It is not freedom of speech that is the problem. The problem is that people are behaving badly.
I would hope that in todays world people would work towards understanding and respect and not more fighting and pain. I see the cartoons as a perfect example of how adults behave as children. Not because of the cartoons being printed but because of how people on both sides are acting out in response to one another.
It reminds me my little brother and I laying on the couch as kids. I would kick him and he would kick me a little harder and I would kick him back a little harder and so on. I would tell him that I hated him and he would tell me that he hated me more and I would tell him I hated him more and more and so on.
This would go on until my mother came in and gave us both a good smack on the rear. Of course, we both screamed that the other had started it. Her response was that it did not matter who started it. We were both wrong in the end because both of us were participating in the kicking and name calling.
To read more about this in French visit the Labaf blog here.