Monday, May 04, 2015

VIDEO: Ezra Levant on the Free Speech Event in Garland, Texas

I usually try not to offend people's religious sensibilities. I don't normally seek to offend.

But you know what I find offensive?

Killing people over the depiction of the Prophet Muhammed.

I find that extremely offensive. (I'm pro-life! I find killing offensive!)

I find it offensive that people oppose free speech on that basis; Don't draw Muhammed and piss people off! Somebody will get killed!

I find it offensive that people use good manners and consideration to stifle the right to free speech.

When you give in to Muslim extremists, whether out of fear or because of good manners, they win.

In order to preserve free speech, you have to exercise it. If you don't exercise it, then you lose it, and sharia wins one more cultural battle.

Do I agree with offensive depictions of Muhammed? Not necessarily. I think many Muhammed cartoons are in extremely poor taste. But freedom means being able to be offensive. If you can't be offensive, then it's not freedom.

No ifs, ands or buts.