JB Books: I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people & I require the same from them.

The Shootist 1976

Cardinal: Now — you will stay in the Comfy Chair until lunchtime, with only a cup of coffee at 11.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus The Spanish Inquisition 1970

This weekend Sally Kohn made an amazing discovery, the fact that just because one has the ability to offend, it doesn’t mean one should do so for the sake of offending:

Of course, I unequivocally support the right to free speech. Period. And I also believe in choosing to exercise that right responsibly and respectfully. That’s why I would not have published cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed, insulting 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide in the process (and no, I wouldn’t have published many of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons insulting Judaism and Christianity, either).

Now this isn’t all that different for something I’ve said in the past. I’m not a fan of having my religion insulted and I’ve taken part in public steps to prevent such insults.

But while Ms. Cohen gives her screed on the subject she takes the time to build an interesting straw man of moral equivalence, first in terms of religious texts:

Unfortunately, there are some in the West who think all of Islam is tainted, and who — despite there being plenty of violence and intolerance in the texts and histories of Judaism and Christianity

The key word being “History” you have to go back a very long time to find,  for example, a pope endorsing violence, and the definition of “intolerance” is very flexible.

But that point pales against the favorite straw man of the left.

Sadly, I have to wonder if Charlie Hebdo had been attacked for cartoons insulting Christians, whether there would be a similar outpouring in support of the magazine, especially in the United States. After all, many of the same people outraged just a month ago about the alleged “War on Christmas” have no qualms about launching a “War on Islam” because, well, it’s not their religion being mischaracterized and insulted.

Here Ms. Cohn manages to beclown herself without even realizing it because her very hypotheticals disprove her entire point.

Ms. Kohn notes that Charlie Hibdo did in fact produce highly insulting, one might even say blasphemous cartoons insulting Catholics.

Yet in all that time where is the hint that Catholics were taking any action to harm them for doing so?  Was there any moment that anyone at that magazine feared they would be subjected to even as mild a punishment as the soft cushions or the comfy chair?

Meanwhile she gives a hypothetical concerning the “War on Christmas” but that very act demolishes her point, because if she HAD an example of those who like me object to the left’s War on Christmas taking violent action in any way supporting such provocative action she would produce it.

So the bottom line, for all her moral equivalence and argument not even liberal icon Sally Kohn expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Closing thought: I don’t seem to recall Ms.Kohn or any of her ilk giving speeches about free speech and responsibility when the Catholic Church was the target of such insult by Charlie Hebdo or anyone else.

I wonder why?


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