Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Cadre in solidarity with the West

The UPEI Cadre has printed the cartoons that have been used by violent cretins to assemble mobs to intimidate ordinary sane people. They are the first paper in Canada to do so (HT comments at Western Standard (I think)).

Be sure to check out the comments for some craven nihilism! I smell a future Supreme Court Justice:

"There are two significant issues here. First, people in the western world have a right to express themselves in the media in ways which may be offensive to others."
Welcome to planet Earth, newcomer. Every right and freedom has its limits. They are the limits of common sense and always the boundary is "is it hurtful?" or "will it lead someone to kill or hurt others?"
Emphasis mine.

The brilliant Oliver Kamm has thoughts, HT WS, oh heck, just go there and keep scrolling, just like it was Mitchieville or something.
Many faiths and ideologies achieve and maintain their predominance partly through fear. They, of course, would call it “respect”. But whatever you call it, it intimidates. The reverence, the awe — even the dread — that their gods, their KGB or their priesthoods demand and inspire among the laity are vital to the authority they wield.

Against reverence and awe the best argument is sometimes not logic, but mockery. Structures of oppression that may not be susceptible to rational debate may in the end yield to derision. When people see that a priest, rabbi, imam or uniformed official may be giggled at without lightning striking the impertinent, arguments may be won on a deeper level than logic.

1 Comment:

Pat said...

For an excellent discussion of the censorship of the UPEI Cadre in the context of the history of freedom of speech, see:

http://sixthcolumn.blogspot.com/2006/02/fitzgerald-needed-refresher-course-in.html

Here’s an excerpt:

In seizing issues of a student publication containing those cartoons, Wade MacLauchlan, President of the University of Prince Edward Island, explained: “We see it [the publication of the cartoons] as a reckless invitation to public disorder and humiliation.” Wade MacLauchlan needs a refresher course in freedom of speech. He needs to read Milton’s Areopagitica. He needs to learn about John Peter Zenger. He needs to read “Freedom of the Mind in Human History.” He needs to understand that a recognized right which can no longer be exercised out of fear of a violent response by those who not only claim to be offended, but do not recognize such a general right in their own, quite different world — a world where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has no place — is a right that no longer exists.