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South Park- Defenders of Democracy? April 22, 2006

Posted by papundit in Uncategorized.

Following the controversy surrounding a Danish newspaper's publication of caricatures of Muhammad, Comedy Central banned Stone and Parker from showing an image of Muhammad on air but still gave their ok to the defecating Jesus.

The decision by the creators of South Park to show Jesus Christ defecating on President Bush and the American flag was in extremely poor taste, but Matt Stone and Trey Parker should be commended for questioning the media and entertainment industry's hypocrisy on Islamofascism.

An article about the controversy noted that:

"The network's decision was made over concerns for public safety…Comedy Central said in a statement issued Thursday: 'In light of recent world events, we feel we made the right decision.'"

Muslims consider any physical representation of their prophet to be blasphemous, but I would wager that most Christians agree with me that showing Jesus defecating on an American flag is blasphemous. The critical difference is that the Danish cartoons sparked a wave of violence and protests whereas Christians upset with the South Park episode will write letters to Comedy Central, chose not to watch the show in the future, and otherwise express dissent without physically harming themselves or others. For example, William Donohue of the anti-defamation group Catholic League, declared:

"'The ultimate hypocrite is not Comedy Central that's their decision not to show the image of Muhammad or not it's Parker and Stone,' he said. 'Like little whores, they'll sit there and grab the bucks. They'll sit there and they'll whine and they'll take their shot at Jesus. That's their stock in trade.'"

While I agree with Donohue that the shot of Jesus was inappropriate, I disagree with his condemnation of Parker and Stone. I believe the ultimate hypocrites are those in the media and entertainment industry who chose to ignore the threat Islamofascism poses to our society.

Comedy Central made a wise decision in order to protect public safety, but we need to face the fact that this decision was made out of fear. If tolerance or good taste were the reason for the censorship, Comedy Central would have yanked the image of Jesus too.

In the South Park episode, people literally bury their heads in sand in order to appease terrorists. A character explains,

"If we can manage to get every person's head buried deep, deep in sand before the Mohammed episode airs, we could avoid looking like we're responsible for any part of this at all."

Before he is overruled by those in favor of the sand idea, another character objects,

"What we need to do is just the opposite. Freedom of speech is at stake here, don't you all see? If anything, we should ALL make cartoons of Mohammed, and show the terrorists and the extremists that we are all united in the belief that every person has a right to say what they want! Look, people, it's… been real easy for us to stand up for free speech lately. For the past few decades we haven't had to risk anything to defend it. But those times are going to come! And one of those times is right now. And if WE… aren't willing to RISK… what we have, then we just believe in free speech, but we don't defend it."

The South Park censorship incident highlights the dangers of the rising tide of Islamofascism and the critical importance of winning the war on terror. Our way of life is at risk. Today, images of Muhammad are censored out of fear/public safety. If Islamofascists win the war on terror or get weapons of mass destruction, what other freedoms will Americans be asked to sacrifice in order to appease them?

Although their methods were crude, the South Park creators effectively used satire to show how so many Americans figuratively have their heads buried in the sand. Those who are more concerned with the privacy rights of terrorists than national security, those who change terrorists in movie scripts from Muslims into Nazis, and those who would claim that Bush/Republicans are a bigger threat to America than Osama Bin Laden/terrorists have failed to recognize that we are at war with an enemy that wants to destroy American society. Our freedoms are worth defending, and we need politicians who recognize the importance of winning the war on terror.



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