It seems like it was only yesterday that liberals suddenly turned into staunch defenders of religious dignity. The President had a story about “spontaneous video protests” to sell, there were demonstrations by angry Muslims around the world, and presto! Suddenly the rank-and-file Left was following Obama’s lead, and wondering if maybe this whole “freedom of speech” thing was over-rated. Why, maybe speech that insults the feelings of Muslims shouldn’t be so “free” at all. Blog posts pondering the wisdom of either voluntary or mandatory censorship to avoid another “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video fracas blossomed across the left side of the Internet.
Oh, but it’s not just Muslims, our liberal friends assured us! They were super-concerned about insults to all religions. They grew quite haughty when reminded that they’ve actively stepped forward to defend “edgy” artists who defamed Christian and Jewish beliefs. No, this wasn’t just a special liberal fear of violent Muslims, or the Left opportunistically hitching a ride on Islamic rage to bash its domestic adversaries. This was noble and universal religious tolerance!
President Obama himself said, in an address to the United Nations on September 25, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: ‘Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.’ Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support.”
But that was then, and this is now, so last weekend “Saturday Night Live” gave us a laugh-riot skit called “Djesus Uncrossed,” in which the Lamb of God pulled out guns and began blowing away Romans in a orgy of graphic violence and implied profanity.
Try it with Mohammed, you “edgy” cowards. I double-dog dare you.