Just as liberals' "pro-choice" ideals applies to abortion and not public schools, their ideas of free speech are similarly fluid. The latest example of this blurred ideology -- the rights of speakers they disagree with, namely those most recently critical of Islam.
After the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" YouTube vid was blamed for inciting riots across the Middle East, liberals were quick to jump on the bandwagon with theocratic governments in calling for the filmmakers to be charged with crimes. Apparently one's freedom of speech cannot infringe on liberals' rights to not be offended, or something.
While Egypt has called for the arrest of the film's creators and pastor Terry Jones who was influential in promoting the film, many on the left have echoed the calls of extremists for harsher punishment...
Liberal radio host Bill Press exclaimed that the filmmakers were "as guilty as the terrorists" who subsequently killed Americans in Libya:
Now here's the question, though, and the question that I ask you and it's not an easy one, I understand that. What, if anything, should happen to the people who made this video? I gotta tell you, I think they are as guilty, that's my opinion, I think they are as guilty as the terrorists who carried out those attacks against our embassy in Libya. Look, we don't know everybody who was involved, but we've seen, I've seen some of them on television. This is a group of extremist, Muslim-hating, so-called Christians in southern California who are using their religion to stir up hatred against Islam. They're basing this on their Christian beliefs. They are, I believe, every bit as guilty as al Qaeda members who, think about it, who use the Koran and abuse their religion to stir up hatred against the United States.
And never underestimate the buffoonery of Hollywood liberals unleashed on social media (via Moonbattery):
There are also countless death threats and petitions circulating around online. The Daily Caller offers a small sampling:
“Insallah [God willing (sic)], we will kill him,” one Facebook user, Shayan Khan, wrote from Karachi, Pakistan.
Some YouTube users envisioned particularly imaginative demises for Nakoula in the comments section of a video related to his detention.
“I wanna torture him with a shot [to] his knee cap, then blow his eyes with [a] knife, take a chain saw and cut his penis, then a hot rod would be given to his ass, then kill him until he is hanged till death,” funkyfolk1110 wrote. “Kill this bastard,” said another user.
On Twitter, a user named Yayan E. Putra posted, “F*** Nakoula Basseley, i want to kill you!!!” The message starkly contrasted with Putra’s brief Twitter profile, which stated simply, “A smile is the little thing that can make life easier.”
“Someone please kill him,” agreed Nelson Davis, a retired market researcher living in New York, who earlier on Sunday invited his Twitter followers to “Choose your free Obama sticker!”
And then, of course, there's always MSNBC:
MIKE BARNICLE: Given this supposed minister’s role in last year’s riots in Afghanistan, where people died, and given his apparent or his alleged role in this film, where, not yet nailed down, but at least one American, perhaps the American ambassador is dead, it might be time for the Department of Justice to start viewing his role as an accessory before or after the fact.
DONNY DEUTSCH: I was thinking the same thing, yeah.
Who would've thought that the threat of extreme violence not only guarantees respect for your religion and elicits sympathy, but also can be used to silence those who disagree with your beliefs?
And since the White House is so quick to pin blame for the riots and killings on the anti-Muslim film, I look forward to hearing how President Obama will excuse any similar events around the release of the Hollywood flick about the bin Laden take down.