- May 3, 2015
If we stop depicting images of the prophet because of these attacks we are letting them set the agenda, and they'll then move on to its next item.They should, but they aren't, for all kinds of reasons. Some of them controversial, most of them not.
It really doesn't seem like the most pressing free speech issue in the world today, but of course now it's the single most controversial free speech issue on the planet. And that's entirely because of fundamentalist lunatics. Society as a whole has risen to the bait (admittedly it's pretty fucking big bait) and we go round in circles because people's emotions get triggered every time by this stuff. The heat generated from stories like this just ends up making people less tolerant, and plays right into the hands of the people who started this bullshit.
Obviously freedom of speech is important, I would just rather we didn't let maniacs set the agenda each and every time. They're not going to stop doing their part anytime soon - so why don't we?
Yes, to carry on doing it generates 'heat' but unfortunately there is no easy, painless way out of this when there are such fanatics in the world.