Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is fuzzy on this whole free speech thing:
Bill Donohue comments on the killing of 12 people at the Paris office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo:
Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.
Go here to read the rest. So, on the day on which 12 people have been massacred by members of the religion of peace over their hurt feelings, Bill Donohue climbs his soap box to lecture us on what a scurrilous magazine Charlie Hebdo was. I agree. It was a hateful rag that despised all religions. However, that is the essence of freedom of speech: to protect the proclamation of ideas that we despise. Speech that the majority likes, or that is so anodyne as to offend no one, needs no protection. In this case freedom of speech was negated by mass murder. That Donohue chose this day to get a bit of cheap publicity by blasting the victims of the mass murder is truly beneath contempt. Quite a few people in our society view the preaching of Catholic doctrine as being hateful. They would gladly shut us up to spare the hurt feelings, for example, that the proclamation of the teaching that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil causes some. When we allow hurt feelings to determine who can speak and who should be forced into silence, we are well on way to bidding farewell to a free society.