You wouldn’t expect a cartoonist to be against free expression, would you? While I harbor skepticism toward an alien-worshiping cult that wants to publicly “rehabilitate” an ancient Hindu symbol stolen by the Third Reich, it’s not in any way the job of an elected official to try to stop it.
Even Islam-baiting trolls who peddle fear and misinformation can avail themselves of America’s sacred free speech protections. And violence worshipping Jihadis can easily take advantage of America’s right to own military-grade weaponry. The clash of the amendments.
The statement “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it” is attributed to the French philosopher Voltaire. Until this week, the old saw seemed just a figure of speech, but now it feels chillingly literal. The Parisian killings won’t change the work of cartoonists, but they’ve changed everything else.