|South Park and the Muhammad Cartoons
By David Holcberg
(Los Angeles Times
, April 22, 2006)
The fear pervading the American media is stunning.
The latest show of fear is Comedy Central's refusal to broadcast an image of Muhammad in this week's episode of "South Park."
Given that a scene in the same episode showed Jesus defecating on the American flag, it is clear that Comedy Central's decision not to show Muhammad was motivated not by good taste or concern for religious sensibilities but by fear. If Comedy Central had reason to fear violence from Christians, it wouldn't have allowed a scene with Jesus either.
As if on cue, Comedy Central complied with Zacarias Moussaoui's vision for America's future: "You [Americans] have to be subdued." Borders and Waldenbooks have already been subdued when they refused to stock "Free Inquiry" magazine. So has every media outlet in the country that did not publish or broadcast the Muhammad cartoons.
The pervasive fear that has taken hold of our media will only be dispelled when our government takes the necessary actions to ensure their safety and protect our right to speak, denounce and offend anyone, especially those who today seek to subjugate us to Islam and its taboos.