Salil Tripathi has a piece in Mint on the South Park-Muhammad controversy, where he makes a good point :

There is a story Vivekananda recalls, of the swami being angry over the destruction of a temple by Muslims, when he hears the goddess ask him:

Am I here to protect you, or are you there to protect me?

Divinities are strong enough to look after themselves. Artists and writers aren’t. They need our protection.

Well-put, although I do realize the irony in rebutting the logic of those that follow no rationale.


LA Times has a piece, and I liked this bit :

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh said that although he sympathizes with the predicament faced by Comedy Central, the network has potentially empowered other extremists by how it has chosen to handle the situation.

“The consequence of this position is that the thugs win and people have more incentive to be thugs,” said Volokh, who teaches free speech and religious freedom law. “There are lots of people out there who would very much like to get certain kind of material removed, whether religious or political. The more they see others winning, the more they will be likely to do the same. Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated.”


I’d rather live in a society where everything and everyone is lampooned, than in one where I have to be scared of offending others — because taking offense has no lower limit.