sending suspects to shady dictatorships for 'questioning', bombing cities, support for Israeli settlements, invading Iraq, the ongoing campaigns in Afghanistan, etc. It's easy to point the finger at the US - and remains very popular in Europe - but it rarely does these things on its own.
you are allowed to mock religions. so south park should be pulled out of air because it mocks christianity?
mocking religion is allowed and must be allowed. just because some assholes are offended by that is not a reason to strip us of our freedoms.
This man is not mocking religion. This man is mocking a religion different than his. This man is instigating a fight.
Absolute freedom isn't good for us. We live in pretty close proximity to each other and regularly mix with people entirely different from us - that's the price of an increasingly connected world. To keep the peace, we need rules, which generally means not pissing everybody off. Although I tend to agree that the fundamentalists overreact too much, that's not a big statement to make. Of course they do. People go apeshit when someone idiot fundamentalist questions evolution. Ignoring the fact that the evolutionists are clearly right, the response is normal and the same - "I'm right, you're wrong, HOW DARE YOU QUESTION ME."
If you're going to declare open season on religion, you might as well claim open season on absolutely everything else because it's just mocking something, right? "Look at those dudes with different coloured skin, bet they're gonna rob that house, LOLOLOL chill man I'm just mocking them."
That those "assholes" are offended may be a perfectly good reason to restrict our freedoms. There are a lot of things we aren't free to do and nor should we be free to do them. I'm not justifying the reaction of the fundamentalists, because they clearly don't give a shit about anything except retribution, but deliberate inflammation of a group is stupid. As Nalano said the dude picked a fight and people paid the price for it. This is why we have rules and social norms.
People mock religion because it is a sham, jokes about race are a different thing.
As for religion not being touted in the public sphere, to quote Soldant quoting me,
So according to various news sources, the video wasn't made by an Israeli national, but rather a member of a Christian extremist group under a pseudonym. Also the Libyan attacks were supposedly planned well before that video was released.
As for my take on the whole matter? Fuck religion, fuck politics, and fuck the whole middle east. At this point I'd be perfectly ok with taking their oil by force and then leaving the whole damned place to burn. If the region wasn't rich in oil it would just be another forgotten third world shit hole like most of Africa.
requesting retaliation for drone attacks a week prior, with no prior lead-up according to US Intelligence networks, and as they say is largely unsupported speculation. Not that it matters, because what's going on in Egypt and now Yemen has nothing to do with that.
It's true that extremist Christian groups and their fundamentalists leaders have promoted and distributed the video in question, including asshats like Morris Sadek and Steve Klein. That said, it's not the Middle East that's the problem, and it's not Islam that's the problem. It's extremists and fundamentalists that's the problem - and that includes militant Baptists and Israeli Zionists - which is why I say I don't give a shit what happens to them, but leave everybody else out of it.
Why Atlanta? How about all of Utah instead?
edit: also why did you message me on steam last night and just say "no" and then go AFK. That has been haunting me.