Trumpetmaster wrote:The extremists burning our flag.
The pastor who burned the Quran.
I, myself, am not harmed when either a book or a flag are burned. Many of my fellows 'on the right' argued for a flag burning amendment to restrict the court-approved right to do so in protest. I was not one of them. I could sit and watch a Bible, whether Catholic or King James or whatever, be burned without feeling the need to do harm to the burner, his Church or community center, or his nation's embassy. I do not understand those who see this sybolism as overly destructive. I would not trample on a flag or burn one in protest. Nor would I trample on one's holy book or burn it in protest. Our courts, however, have upheld the right to do so.
I find it fascinating that 'the left', whose position it was that there existed a right to burn flags and denounced those that called for an amendment to prohibit it, now denounces those who made the ridiculous film and are calling for its removal from YouTube and Google. A few short years ago we were largely united in supporting the rights of cartoonists to publish their cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammed, and denouncing Iran for putting a bounty on Salman Rushdie's head. Today, there seems to be a willingness to denounce the producers of this film and a willingness to hand them over to the mob for justice. How have we sunk so far? It's not about the film, it's about freedom.
I bought a Bible once and, realizing that I did not like its 'modern language' translation, simply tossed it in the trash. I suppose that made me a terrorist in some peoples' minds, but I thought that was a fitting place for it.
Why can't we all just get along? I don't know. I suppose it's in our nature not to do so. The History of Man is a History of War. We build monuments to those who die in battle, and we heap honour upon those who return from them. "With your shield, or on it" was the admonition to the Spartans. It was an admonition to stand firm in the face of adversity - to not back down even to the point of death. I suppose, then, it must depend upon what one means be 'getting along'. If 'getting along' means respecting your neighbor's rights to exercise his freedoms as long as they don't encroach upon your own, excepting within mutually-agreed upon limitations, then getting along is fine. If, on the other hand, 'getting along' means accepting the encroachments of your neighbors upon your ground, even to the point of enslavement and theft, then I must argue against 'getting along' in favour of 'standing your ground'.