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The "Propriety" of Mocking the Founder of Islam

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) The discussion of the "propriety" in mocking the founder of Islam (Dare anyone say his name lest one receive death threats?) is beyond the pale. Why should the irreverent SouthPark cartoon series have its content censored because the writers choose to make a satirical comment regarding the alleged Mohammad?

If one takes his/her religious POV seriously and values that freedom of expression yet simultaneously finds that the POV of others made in a peaceful, legal way to be abhorrent, I would suggest that this country is not the one you should be living in.

Why not emigrate to a country where the rule of law, as well as a tradition of freedom of expression, is not observed? Why proselytize theocratic oppression in America when there are numerous Muslim countries to choose from where you'll be welcome with open arms?

The parallel of self-righteous Islamic fundamentalists threatening those who would mock it and the use by Christian fundamentalists of the police power of the state to block gay and lesbian citizens from protection of their rights and property is striking.

I find this uproar over religious superiority to be especially egregious in that as a gay man I'm unable to marry my partner of 33 years under civil law because my state has imposed the religious dogma of totalitarian denominations as the civil law of the state, forced into the state constitution in violation of the First Amendment of the federal Constitution.

Many states have passed similar laws and amendments inhibiting the full expression of the rights and benefits of America's gay and lesbian taxpayers even as we pay the full price of citizenship.

Op-Ed: You Can't Portray Muhammad On TV
http://tinyurl.com/3afwumg This link is to Talk of the Nation with guest columnist Ross Douthat who has written about why one line in popular culture that can't be crossed is painted in Islamic green.

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