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What Is It About Religion That Makes People Say Such Stupid Things?

September 7, 2010

No, I’m not talking about the nut jobs in Florida who will be burning Korans for September 11th. I’m not even talking about the fact that their church’s name is the Dove World Outreach Center.

What I mean is reactions like this:

Richard Cizik, founder of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, warned Jones and others like him to “watch out, for if you so casually trample on the religious rights of others, your own children may someday see their religious liberties deprived.”

Bzzzt, wrong answer. These loonies aren’t trampling anyone’s religious liberties. They are expressing their own. If the First Amendment protects anything, it’s the absolute right of anyone to mock, scorn, and ridicule anyone else’s faith. Sure, they might be trampling feelings, but no one has any right to have the law protect their feelings.

Equally annoying is this one:

The Wahid Institute and several other Islamic groups also have called on the U.S. government “to immediately stop the uncivilized plan [that] not only constitutes a violation of human rights, but can also trigger religious tension and conflict all over the world,” according to The Jakarta Post.

Again, no one has the right to be free from offense. The human right at stake here is one of free expression, and the wackos are exercising it.

Finally, this one makes me truly mad:

“We advise Western countries to prevent the exploitation of freedom of expression to insult religious sanctities, otherwise the emotions of Muslim nations cannot be controlled,” [Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin] Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

Shorter version: “Do what we want or we will throw a worldwide temper tantrum.” Sorry, but I advise everyone to continue to absolutely support freedom of expression. And if world wide Muslims really are as ignorant and childish as Mehmanparast thinks they are, then the more insults the better. Repeated mocking might help them learn to deal with it like intelligent adults. That is, Mehmanparast make me so angry, I’m almost tempted to agree with the book burners in Florida.