The First Amendment and Salman Rushdie


I want to know who decided that it would be a good idea to knight Salman Rushdie. Apparently, Tony Blair gave his rubber stamp of approval, though he was damned either way. If he’d said no, he’d be appeasing people, and now that he’s said yes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another fatwa out against Mr. Rushdie. Which is too bad, its been ten years since the Iranians canceled the first one

But really, did anyone expect the militant Muslims to take this lying down? That’s supposed to be a rhetorical question, but I’m sure if i asked the husband, he’d give me an earful. I’m sure there’s a great number who probably don’t care, and an even greater number SHOULDN’T care. but they do. hmpf.

Why burn an effigy of the queen? She’s a cute old lady. And a figurehead. Yes, she has name recognition, but she’s not really got the power.

Excuse me while I go burn an effigy of the foreign affairs minister of Pakistan, and the Ayatollah.

Sorry about that. I’m back now.

And the first person to complain, should realize what goes around comes around. The US might not be very good at hosting the royals, but even Mr. Bush does his best. And they don’t go around burning people’s pictures.

It all comes back to freedom of expression. (Which for a good look at what you can still get away with in the US, I recommend ‘lil Bush’) I don’t think there is anything more important in the constitution. Without it what’s going to separate us from the crazies?

“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.”

But at least I go around burning pictures of people.


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