To our esteemed US Senators: even jerks have the right of free speech

April 4, 2011

So, some jackass preacher in Florida decided he was in need of attention and that the best way to get it would be to burn a Qur’an — publicly, making sure all the media knew about it:

The Islam-hating Florida preacher who scuttled plans to burn the Koran last year, changed his mind and had a copy of the holy book set on fire this weekend.

Pastor Terry Jones supervised the book barbecue at his tiny Gainesville, Fla., church Sunday – after declaring the Muslim holy text “guilty” of crimes.

Jones drew widespread condemnation last year when he threatened to burn a stack of Korans on the Sept. 11 anniversary – sparking wild protests around the world.

He agreed to stand down after receiving a call from Defense Secretary Robert Gates warning him that the provocative act could endanger U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jones said at the time that he had made his point and vowed not to carry out the bizarre plan.

He went back on his word, he said, because he had been “trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book” – but had not received a response.

And the predictable thing happened afterwards: riots in Afghanistan in which outrageously outraged members of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage went berserk and rioted in Mazar-i-Sharif, killing at least ten UN workers, including beheading two.

Naturally, our US Senators sprang into action, condemning the killings and defending the right of free speech and… No, wait. What really happened is that they bent over backwards to appease murderous savages and condemn an American exercising his unalienable right to freedom of speech:

U.S. lawmakers said Sunday they would consider a request by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to formally condemn a Florida pastor’s decision to burn the Koran, after the act triggered deadly riots in Afghanistan.

Senate Cowboy Poet Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the Senate is considering a resolution condemning the pastor, while saying nothing about the utter barbarism perpetrated by the Afghan rioters. Even worse, however, was this gem from Lindsey Graham, showing that craven appeasement and stupidity is a bipartisan phenomenon. Allahpundit quotes him and describes the problem:

As for Graham, “I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable,” he laments, clearly deflated by the thought that the First Amendment applies even while we’re “at war.” And if you’re not sure what he means by “at war” — well, I’m not either. Are we “at war” only if troops are in the field? No Koran-burning, in other words, until the last U.S. serviceman has left Iraq and Afghanistan (and Libya)? Or are we “at war” as long as Al Qaeda and other anti-American jihadist movements exist, ready and willing to demagogue acts like Jones’s for their own uses? Even if all Islamist outfits in the world were eliminated, wouldn’t Graham want to continue the ban on Koran-burning lest it inspire new jihadist outfits to spring up? There’s no limiting principle to this idea, realistically. It’d end up being his own version of an “emergency law.”

Click the above link for video, if you can stomach looking at the weasel.

One last quote, for those senators anxious to punish an American for speaking his mind:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Senators Reid and Graham, that is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, that document you’ve sworn to uphold and defend. I suggest you read it again and pay special attention to the parts in bold, because your duty includes defending the rights even of jerks like Pastor Terry Jones.

Don’t get me wrong: I am not defending what Jones did. After over a decade in which we’ve seen Muslims riot and kill seemingly at the drop of a hat –over cartoons, for Pete’s sake– he had to have known that his actions carried the risk of serious consequences. He is, at the least, a selfish, publicity-seeking wretch.

But, notwithstanding all that, he had every right to do what he did, and I for once would like to see our political figures defend those rights loudly and proudly, instead of cravenly appeasing a bunch of Islamic supremacists for fear that they might, again, be unable to control themselves. The only persons responsible for the deaths in Mazar are the Muslim rioters, themselves.

My dear Senators, we’re in a war to defend Western civilization. Try to act like you really care about its values, okay?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Tijuana: “No, it really is a great success!”

October 14, 2010

Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited Tijuana last week to proclaim a great victory in cleaning the city of drug cartel-related violence as brutal as that seen in any northern Mexican city.

Less than a week later, the hanged corpses and severed heads have returned:

A rash of decapitations and other gruesome killings have hit Tijuana since Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited the border city last week and called it a success in his drug war.

The most recent killing occurred just before midnight Tuesday when motorists found a decapitated body underneath a bridge on a road leading to the beachside neighborhood of Playas de Tijuana, according to a police report Wednesday.

Reporters at the scene saw a rope hanging from the bridge, suggesting the man had been hung from his feet but was too heavy and plunged into oncoming traffic.

The discovery came a day after two other beheaded bodies were found hanging from their feet in Tijuana.

Police said they were still conducting forensic tests on the body found Tuesday and had no immediate comment on the identity of the man or the circumstances of his death.

Earlier Tuesday, police found a human head inside a bag in another Tijuana neighborhood, but it did not belong to the body found underneath the bridge.

According to police reports, at least 16 people have been killed in the city since Sunday — a surge from the normal rate of about two homicides a day.

Calderon had come to Tijuana as part of a promotion for a two-week convention promoting the city as a place to do business. So, as part of their convention fun, the guests get to play “guess where the next corpse will be found.”

Helluva success story, there, Felipe.

To be fair, the Mexicans have made some progress in TJ, and the current round may be remnants of a smashed cartel striking back, or a new group moving in. Either way, the message to the Mexican government is clear: “We rule here. Not you.”

This is only going to get worse before it gets better.


Civilized nation won’t behead TV host … today

April 2, 2010

Following up on the nightmarish story of Ali Hussain Sibat, a Lebanese TV host sentenced to die in Saudi Arabia for sorcery, there’s good news and bad news:

The good news is that he won’t have his head cut off.

The bad news is that that’s only for today.

Condemned ‘sorcerer’ won’t die Friday, lawyer says

A Lebanese man condemned to death for sorcery by a court in Saudi Arabia won’t face beheading Friday, his lawyer said Thursday.

May El Khansa told CNN she received assurances from Lebanon’s justice minister that Ali Hussain Sibat will not be executed Friday. But there was no indication that Sibat’s death sentence would be commuted or that he would be released, she said.

Mr Sibat has a wife and five children. Here’s a picture of him with two of them:

Come on, Saudi Arabia, pull your head out of your 7th-century behind. Fine the man, if you have to do something to honor your barbaric law code, but let him go back to his family.

Here’s a hint: There is no such thing as magic, sorcery, or witchcraft.

NOTE: Yesterday I identified Mr. Sibat by his lawyer’s name, May El-Khansa. My apologies for the mistake.

(via The Jawa Report)


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