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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Religious Freedom in America

The Muslims hate our freedoms. That's the word from neoconservatives, and it's been enthusiastically swallowed by much of modern America. I mean, how can a people who riot over cartoons about Mohammed truly claim to respect freedom?

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot. No rioting or bombing, just a whole lot of censorship and pious demands for apologies from horribly offended Christians. It seems that Kathy Griffin stirred up the religious pot by stating in her Emmy acceptance speech, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now."

To demonstrate precisely how she felt she said backstage, "I hope I offended some people. I didn't want to win the Emmy for nothing."

Bill Donahue and other religious conservatives have denounced it and are demanding an apology. Naturally, they're not getting one. But they have successfully leaned on the folks at the Emmy Awards, so the offending remarks will not be aired when the show is aired on television.

So there's your lesson, folks. We have freedom to worship with the choices we're given. I mean, you can be Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and even a Scientologist if you want to be that wacky. But Muslim? Atheist? Clearly you're a threat to society.

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