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The First Amendment does not protect your right to deliberate inflame

Terry Jones is directly responsible for this. Arrest Jones for giving Aid & Comfort. The 1st Amendment does not protect one from the yelling of “FIRE” in a crowded theater if there is no fire, and done purely for the panic response. Jones is a fifth columnist who needs to be tried as such. He cannot hide behind “we gave it a trial and found it guilty”. That’s the same as holding a fencepost responsible for embedding a splinter in a rancher. The teaparty and people of Jones’ quasi-religious ilk refuses to understand that words have consequences. and some are very very fatal. Just ask the 20 people who died as a result He knew the CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER  to Life and Limb should he go forth with the book burning

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic. […] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

Yet, he just didn’t give a shit. It wasn’t HIS life or HIS limbs that would bear the scars of retribution. from the NY TIMES article

Unable to find Americans on whom to vent their anger, the mob turned instead on the next-best symbol of Western intrusion — the nearby United Nations headquarters. “Some of our colleagues were just hunted down,” said a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kieran Dwyer, in confirming the attack.




NOTE: This originally appeared as a note on my facebook page, which led to a lively and civil discussion on the limits of free speech and its repercussions. One friend brought up flag-burning. No one, to my knowledge or reporteed in the news has been killed for that act. Beaten up and/or arrested, but not murdered.    

update: Jones has called the repercussions in Afghanistan “tragic”, but he isn’t repentant, and the death toll due to this incident ha passed 50

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