Irrespective of my personal feelings on this, I unequivocally stand behind my fellow American's desire to exercise their right to free speech - period.
We're family, and we stick together for each other firstly.
(but also as family, I tell them when I think the're wrong, too)
You are going to whine how we shouldn't offending Muslims then you really have no room to cherry pick over what you can or can't do is offensive to other religions. Many of these things the left does to mock religious views of Christians is just as offensive as the depiction of Mohamed is to Muslims. It doesn't matter if you are doing to make a buck or hold a contest or because you think their religious book is no different than a Harry Potter book.Mock religion is one thing. You can mock Mohammed without depicting him. And I said doing it in a relevant situation fine, but make a contest in offending someone's religion is in poor taste.
And homosexual social commentary is offensive to Christians? Really? I was not aware that everything gay is offensive to Christians but I guess Christian feelings are more important than Muslim feelings.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Also, in a thread about terrorists trying to blow up a "Draw Mohammed" party it is hard to credibly use the "all clear!" defense.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
If someone insults the United States (as a foreigner) or has criticism of the USA as an American he/she will be attacked with fervor. And that criticism can be almost very extreme and very vitriolic. That is something that seems to be the norm.
I don't cherry pick, I do not like offending anyone's religion. But when Family guy does an episode they are doing it in the form of humor and they do it against anyone and the same goes for South Park. The problem is that many of these "freedom of speech means I can paint whatever picture of Mohammed I want" supporters go insane when you criticize something they support or believe in. That is the way most people react.
And sorry, but there are many people (and in some countries that number goes up and up) who think all religious books are works of fiction. I am not going to compare it to Harry Potter books because I am a Potter fan
Wilders is a piece of gutter trash, a gutless populist who has no morality to speak of.