Monday, September 17, 2012

Now why can't President Obama say this?

"In a BBC interview, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the film was "wrong and offensive but also laughable as a piece of film-making - what is dangerous and wrong is the reaction to it"."

Surely he isn't afraid he'll cause more unrest? A defence of liberty would be nice. The film is amazingly bad - it's laughably offensive - but the reaction has little to do with the film. The President should recognize that.


Anonymous said...

"what is dangerous and wrong is the reaction to it"
dangerous and wrong like the reaction to 911 maybe?
dangerous and wrong like refusing to negotiate with perceived terrorists?
"the reaction has little to do with the film"
agreed but what do you think it has to do with?
"A defence of liberty would be nice"
whose liberty? obahmas? the film makers? the rioters? blairs? yours? mine?
freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint:

The Rat said...

Maybe Obama is afraid if he said that the next time he visited Canada he'd be hauled before a human rights tribunal for hate speech. It's sadly funny to call for an American president to speak out in defence of free speech when we have so many "reasonable" restrictions on it here.

Stephen Downes said...

If the film were about other religions - say, yours - would you be so sanguine about its contents?

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