Slate gets it right on the Muslim riots.

Picture of Goku that says "I'm just saiyan."A few weeks ago I wrote about an absolutely terrible article in Slate about the Muslim riots over a shitty film.  In particular, I was miffed at Eric Posner for suggesting that the solution is to abdicate our right to free speech to appease a handful of psychos.

Now, thankfully, William Saletan has a piece in Slate that gets it right.

Dear Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews,

You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it.

If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen again and again. A couple of idiots with a video camera and an Internet connection will trigger riots across the globe. They’ll bait you into killing one another.

Stop it.

I really don’t get how, in response to these riots, our message can be anything other than “Yup, that guy was an asshole, but it doesn’t give you the right to kill people.”

  • BenZ

    “I really don’t get how, in response to these riots, our message can be anything other than ‘Yup, that guy was an asshole, but it doesn’t give you the right to kill people.’”

    I understand the urge to grant some small concession to those who disagree with us, but I can’t support that in this case. Consider saying “Yup, she was dressed like a slut, but that doesn’t give you the right to rape her.” What she’s wearing doesn’t matter and shouldn’t even be part of the response at all. In the same way, the video and it’s producers should have nothing to do with our response to violence. The message about these riots should be nothing more than “You don’t have the right to kill people”.

    • Andrew B.

      Yesyesyes, agreed very much so.

  • RuQu

    And what if the video was well made, but still accurately pointed out that Mohammed married a 60-year old girl, and then waited until she was the ripe old age of 9 to have sex with her? He was 53, as if that matters when having sex with a 9-year old.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad's_wives#Aisha_bint_Abu_Bakr

    By any modern standard, this is unacceptable. Not statutory rape, since by definition that requires a statute (law), but certain abusive. His first wife was 40, and the social norms around marriage were different at the time, so he may not have been a pedophile, but a modern observer would not be out of line to make that claim considering he had sex with a 9 year old.

    The point is, the tone, content and quality of the video is irrelevant. Murdering people for saying things you disagree with is unacceptable behavior.


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