Is it right to blame a college aged girl for being raped if she shows up to a frat party dressed provocatively and participates in the drinking/recreational drugs? You probably would say no. The politically correct left would certainly say no. When was the last time you heard an abortion rights advocate blame an abortion doctor for his/her own murder by anti-abortion extremists?After all, victim blaming is bad, isn’t it?
Well apparently it depends on the situation. Ward Churchill, of “Little Eichmanns” infamy, can say some outright hateful things and be defended by others for exercising is right to free speech. The notion that America “had it coming” is alarmingly popular among the political left. The Black Panthers speaking about killing while people, and their babies, no that’s not hate speech either – it’s constitutionally protected free speech. This time it’s white people who “had it coming” and anyone bringing attention to this diatribe by the Black Panthers can be dismissed as uncaring and uncompassionate for “blaming the victim”.
But Pamela Geller hosted a free speech contest at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas and it’s widely labeled as hate speech, calling her Islamophobic and such. A growing number of media members promote the narrative that Geller should be blamed for the two Muslim gunmen who showed up attempting to commit mass murder. Even if begrudgingly admitting free speech is constitutionally protected even if it is offensive, leftists are eager to draw a line between free speech and hate speech – because the constitution draws that line.
You might as well ask progressives to defend a person’s right to not accept gay marriage; that’s how painful it is for the political left.
But if someone in France draws cartoons about Mohammad – don’t blame the people who committed the murders, blame the cartoonists who were murdered. If someone else in Texas draws cartoons about Mohammad, blame the people who organized the event, not the shooters who got themselves killed.
It seems kind of odd that when someone is killed by police I’m not allowed to ponder whether their life of crime may have led to the altercation, but when a cartoonist is murdered everyone seems to ask, “well, what was he drawing that caused that to happen?”
Many people contend that “hate speech” — i.e. speech they’ve subjectively determined to be distasteful and yucky — doesn’t “count” as free speech. In the wake of this attack, others have wondered whether tighter restrictions should be placed on “provocative” ideas, while the Washington Post published an article demanding that Pam Gellar, the organizer of the Draw Muhammad event, apologize for exercising her First Amendment rights.
I know, I know, the abject abandonment of free speech is mind boggling. But that’s what happens when a nation decides to hold fairness in higher esteem than freedom: freedom disappears. If you’d like to see someone else vent on this absurdity in a way that serves as a little therapy for yourself, try this Trifecta piece:
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