Monday, April 26, 2010
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The creators of "South Park," always happy to create controversy and celebrate free speech, used the occasion of their 201st episode to pose an interesting, and potentially dangerous, question.
Islam forbids the display of any picture of Mohammed...so those rapscallions at "South Park" showed someone inside (and completely concealed by) a bear costume. Was it supposed to be Mohammed? The show teases...but leaves it unclear.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone susequently received threats, not for showing a picture of Mohammed, but for creating a premise that invited people to imagine a picture of Mohammed.
In so doing, they not only bravely defended freedom of speech...they also revealed the agenda of those who would threaten freedom of thought.
Hope n' Change Hint: For those who don't quite "get" the tip of the hat to South Park's "now you see him, now you don't" strategy, try reading the last four words of today's cartoon aloud.