April 13, 2006
JIM LINDGREN: "Did Comedy Central censor tonight's episode of South Park? The answer would appear to be YES."
(Not all commenters on his blog agree). Still, either way the point is the same: Don't like people mocking your religion? Threaten them with violence. It seems to work pretty well.
UPDATE: Reader Anthony Fountain writes:
Glenn, you don't have it quite right when you write, "Don't like people mocking your religion? Threaten them with violence. It seems to work pretty well." To be accurate you should change "religion" to "Islam." If a Christian or Jewish group threatened violence over an unfavorable depiction of their faith, MSM would fall over itself getting it before the public, accompanied by pious references to the First Amendment and brave statements about refusing to cower before religious extremists. I'll bet the New York Times has already written the editorial, ready to trot it out in the event.
Given the signals they're sending, we may find out how they respond to threats from other groups. I suspect they'll discover that Robert Heinlein was right when he said that it may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion -- but that it's better still, and usually easier, to be a live lion.
ANOTHER UPDATE: A lesson that Comedy Central hasn't learned -- it's now official that they did censor South Park.