This thought has been brewing around in the back of my mind for some time, but it finally crystallized recently.
Now we in the civilized world have, for the most part, rejected the “fighting words” argument. But it seems that those whose religion got started in the 8th century (and seems, by and large, still stuck there) embrace it. Further, their definition of “fighting words” seems incredibly lax.
But that’s not the fun thought I had.
I was thinking to myself “self, if mere words are enough to drive them into a frenzy, why bother even curtailing even more offensive actions? How much more can they hate us? They already killed one guy and are trying to kill another for making a movie, they want some other of guys beheaded for drawing cartoons, and they killed a bunch of people over a bullshit story about a Koran getting tossed in a toilet. They’re already crazy; why cater to their craziness at all?”
Kris Kristofferson wrote one of the most profound phrases I’ve ever heard, and it applies here as in so many other places: “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”
There’s really nothing to gain by making more concessions to the crazy Muslims. Why bother even trying to mollify them?
Speaking for myself, they can only behead me once.