Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Free Speech and Thanking Jesus

I've just learned of the controversial "thank you" speech that Kathy Griffin made at the Emmys.

Then I watched a gooberly video made by a boy who says he "hates conservative white men" and defends Griffin's "free speech" to say "Suck it Jesus" on TV and further explains that he doesn't see what the big deal is and blah, blah, blah. He's complaining about the "censorship" of her remarks and encourages people to sign some kind of petition and lots of other liberalish gibberish. He basically is complaining about the "free speech" rights of those who found her comments offensive and expressed their offense. (God forbid anyone should ever say anything offensive to a liberal or atheist!) He's complaining that her "militant atheist religion" is being criticized. Well, welcome to the club of persecution, dude.

You know, I fully realize that Kathy Griffin is a comedian and she tries to be funny and many times humor is found in the offensive. Okay, fine. But on national network TV there are standards of decency and things that aren't allowed to be said. I'm pretty sure that "Goddamn" isn't allowed, so "Suck it Jesus" is about the same thing or maybe even a little worse. Sure, people can say that it's silly to censor language on TV, but when protecting the rights of everyone we sometimes must place some limits on our own freedom. When will people realize this very basic fact?

I'm no "holy roller" or whatever, though I do have a "personal relationship" with what I can call God. If that is enough to offend a liberal or atheist then they are extremely immature and stupid. Similar to that boy in the video, I don't see what's so offensive to atheists when someone expresses thanks to God or Jesus. Why should they even care? See, that argument can be flipped around on the liberals too.

It's so unfortunate that these "militant atheists" cannot accept that freedom goes both ways. They have the choice to believe or not, just like everyone else has that choice. By belittling and berating those who choose differently from them, they are revealing just how narrow-minded and illogical they really are.

I really don't have a problem with atheists or liberals as long as they don't go around expecting special treatment or privileges. I can respect their rights and choice of beliefs, or lack thereof, as long as they can respect mine. But I've noticed that generally (not always, but too often), atheists (and liberals) don't, can't, and/or won't respect the choices of others. And true and unfortunate enough, the same can be said about most people and that is why it's sometimes necessary to limit freedoms to prevent chaos. (I think that might be some kind of natural law or something.) ;-)

Anyway, thanks to God and Jesus and Allah and Whatever for the opportunity to say these things. ;-)

And no, I haven't given up all pork. Only unhealthy pork from substandard and contaminated pigstys. ;-)


dhammett said...

The Emmy's are shown on network television during prime time. The government and networks both (rightly) assume there will be children watching. Consequently, there are limits placed on what can be shown and said, to protect children. It's arrogant of people like Griffin (I've never been a fan of hers...simply don't think she's funny) to assume what they have to say supercedes those restrictions. If the television industry did not want children to watch the show, or they wanted the freedom Griffin and liberals insist upon, they would put the show on cable where restrictions are less stringent. But children are the next generation of the 18-34 demographic, so there's an incentive to cultivate these viewers. Hence, prime time on the network.

I may be a dinosaur, but I wish television were still more restrictive. Frankly, I don't like to listen to the curse words now allowed on TV, I don't need to see two people "wrestling" under the sheets, etc. Bring back the days of classic television when quality programming was the goal, not sensationalism and sex.

Bee said...

Dear Rae Ann,

I yesterday read a review about Pinker's new book 'The Stuff of Thought' - the relations between language and our way of thinking, the seven words one allegedly can't use on TV, etc. Here is an online review

That was not the one I read, but anyhow, it will give you an impression. Just thought you might be interested. Best,


Rae Ann said...

Dh, thanks. I do agree with you.

Bee, thanks too. That does sound like an interesting book. But they didn't say which seven words are forbidden. ;-)