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July 07, 2004

Free speech--playing into the hands of terrorists

According to Salon, several theater chains in the midwest are refusing to play Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 because they claim it "plays into the hands of the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks and those behind the recent beheadings of Americans in the Middle East." Right. We don't want to criticize the government or exercise free speech in a time of war. We're at war, damnit, and we good little Americans are supposed to shut up and do what dear leader tells us.

Wait, though. I distinctly remember Bush telling us that the whole reason the terrorists hate us is because we're free. In fact, I remember him telling us that many times. They hate us for our freedom of voice and religion and views and driving gas guzzling cars and not bothering to learn any other languages and such. They hate us for exercising our constitutional rights. For even having them.

But somehow trying to squash those rights is not playing into the hands of the terrorists? It's like this all-encompassing trump card, isn't it. It's almost as good as the Bible. You can refute almost any argument you want without ever having to reason it, just by pulling out the terrorist card.

"No, you mustn't show that movie. It criticizes the government and plays into the hands of terrorsists."

"No, you can't wear that shirt opposing the leader. It plays into the hands of terrorists."

"No, you have to let us read your email. Not doing so plays into the hands of terrorists."

"No, you can't be gay and get married. It plays into the hands of terrorists."

To which, methinks, the appropriate reponse should be, "Fuck yourself."

Posted by paulette at July 7, 2004 01:04 PM | TrackBack
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This post made me think it's time for another look at The Propoganda Remix Project. It was scathing and funny then, it's scathing and truer now.

Posted by: pam on July 8, 2004 06:59 AM
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