Thursday, January 16, 2014

Freedom Means All Of Us

Listen up folks. A wise man once said, no one is free while others are oppressed. Another wise man said, in the end it is not the words of our enemies we will remember, but the silence of our friends.

There are oppressors in this world. They don't just target one group of people, they are after everyone different from themselves.

If you're not one of them, you're the enemy. And by the same token, if you're not their enemy, you might as well be one of them. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.

To use current events, as a friend of mine points out, when a Fox News representative insulted (I stress, insulted, that was it) Wicca last year, they were met with a storm of angry and hurt responses in letters, emails, phone calls, and online attacks, until they were forced to apologize.

When just recently a fox news representative encouraged the public execution of satanists for their religious beliefs, there was very little response at all. Why? Because Satanists aren't Wiccans, so no one cared.

Are you people actually that fucking stupid?

Someone breaks into your house and robs you. You saw him do it, you know who it was. You get your stuff back, but he gets away with it because he knows a judge. A year later, he breaks into your neighbor's house, but your neighbor drives a different kind of car from you, so you look the other way because your transportation choices are too different.

Does anyone else see a problem with this?

As a corollary to this concept, "I'm entitled to my opinion" is not a valid debate tactic. Sure, you can have whatever opinion you like, you can say whatever you like. By the same token, I am entitled not only to the opinion that your opinion is idiotic, but to proceed to explain why. Trying to censor me because I'm shredding holes in your argument on the grounds that you have a right to be wrong just makes you look like a dumbass, stop it.

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