So Comedy Central censored a recent South Park for even mentioning Muhammad, and we have to start wondering if we’re going down a real bad path. As soon as we start not making fun of Muhammad out of fear, we’re going to be rewarding violence. Of course, it’s hard for Comedy Central to stand out alone doing it when so much of the other media in America has shown unwillingness to back them up.
I’m starting to realize that President Bush dropped the ball after the riots following the Danish Cartoons. The best response to that was to then encourage people to make even more fun of Muhammad and only stop when the violence stopped. Bush himself should have drawn a picture of Muhammad fighting Godzilla or something. That’s basic tit for tat: Bad behavior needs to be punished and good behavior rewarded.
Currently, we have a very perverse system where, since Christians behave themselves and don’t kill people, you can make fun of them (the same South Park episode demonstrated the double standard by depicting Jesus watching porn and Buddha snorting coke and that wasn’t censored). But since Muslims riot and kill, we can’t make fun of them. So, in summary: Behave, get made fun of, commit violence, get respected.
So, is anyone going to make a stand? Or are we going to let free speech get chipped by people who have no respect for freedom? I would really hope this is something all of America could get behind as it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Right now there are hundreds of millions of Christians in America and no one worries for their safety if they make fun of them. Less than one percent of America is Muslim, though, and people fear for their lives about crossing them. What if we get more Muslims? I know we don’t want to invent a conflict or hurt the feelings of peaceful Muslims, but it’s better to draw out any problems now than let this erode us from the inside. It’s time for everybody to make fun of Muhammad.