Let’s say you wanted to show a porn of the Prophet Muhammad…
By: Barry Belmont

Certainly as libertarians one should be as free as the wind to show pornographic content of any kind (of consenting adults) with consenting adults. Presumably this includes porn of the Buddha, the god Vishnu, Jesus Christ, and a panoply of other divine figures (Thor, Odin, Hathor, Ra, too!). However, an artist in Sweden by the name of Lars Vilks in a lecture about free speech showed a video depicting the Prophet of Islam in a manner suggesting homosexual conduct (aka, his head pasted on naked men’s bodies) and was met with a fury well beyond that which would be caused by yelling “Fire” in the packed auditorium.

So, I ask you, is the libertarian stance on this as cut and dry as I assume it to be (free people are free to watch and disseminate whatever they want to whomever they want) or are there limits imposed on certain things (such as not being allowed to depict sacred individuals in gratuitous sexual positions)?

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9 Comments Posted in Absurd, Religion, Videos
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  • pork eating crusader

    Maybe this is a generalization but it seems to me many Muslims don’t care about things such as “free speech”.

    • http://analogdilemma.blogspot.com Barry Belmont

      Well, if you think about it, why should anyone who is truly religious (in the Western tradition) care one wit about things like free speech, democracy, free markets, liberty, etc? They are not particularly praised in any holy book (and, in fact, opposites like slavery are sanctioned) and even if they were…consider that they would only apply to this life. But what is this life compared to an eternal afterlife? Why should one worry about human rights and liberties when it is only by singing the praises of a deity that can guarantee lasting satisfaction.

      In other words, why care about the joys brought upon a society by conferring things like free trade and free speech, when, by restricting these things, one hopes to obtain everlasting joy in another realm? It’s the ultimate Monty Hall problem, and believers are always waiting for Door #3.

  • Keeban3

    Barry, have you heard of Pat Condell? I think you’d really like him.

  • Saiflovesaiflove

    ايرضي العالم عن هذه الاشياء التي يقومون بها والله الذي لا اله الا هو لو بأبي وبأمي لكنت قطعت رقبتة عبرة لكل العالم
    نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء نداء الي كل مسلمين العالم توحدوا لكي ترفعوا راية الله ورسولة وتعلوا كلمت المسلمين علي العالم

    • http://analogdilemma.blogspot.com Barry Belmont

      “وبأمي لكنت قطعت رقبتة عبرة لكل العالم ”

      Have I got it right in translating that as: “I would cut his throat as a lesson to all the world”? If that be the case, and if you actually believe it, you are repugnant (بغيض) and should be ashamed of yourself. Such barbarism has no place in this or any world.

      Simply because I say something like “Islam is incorrect” (الإسلام غير صحيحة) or wish to show pornographic content depicting Muhammad (and perhaps Aisha [عائشة] his nine year old wife) with consenting adults, does not mean I deserve my throat slit by you or anybody else. These are innocuous acts which harm no unwilling third parties.

      Live and let live is a much better philosophy than “cut the throats of the non-believers”…in fact, this in an extreme nutshell, is what’s wrong with the State to begin with.

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    I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
    Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  • Asadahmad_sa

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  • Asadahmad_sa

    lars vilk the huge motherfucker. i will fuck you wait for me. i will come thier for you