Flame War

I made a Jesus video a while back on Youtube. Some unfortunate person took offense to it and started cussing me out and telling me to remove it in the comments. A debate ensued and this person responded to my invoking freedom of speech by saying that are LIMITS to free speech. I responded as follows:

If you think that free speech means that people have to pass YOUR litmus test to see what falls on the good side of offensive, then you misunderstand the idea of free speech. Free speech means precisely that NO idea is sacrosanct, not your zombie-god, not the President, the flag, the Mafia, nor cult icons like Martin Luther King and JFK. The nature of man is that we cannot exist except by the use of our mind.

For that reason, our ability to think and speak should in no wise be reigned in because our freedoms of thought and speech are an intrinsic part of the human experience and we wouldn’t be fully human without them.

That said, did it ever occur to you that I might not actually be making fun of Jesus in this video but that I might be providing social commentary in a context that shows Jesus reacting, not as an abstract sanctified idea, but as a human being to the very real pain and torment he might have felt? Did it ever occur to that, rather than showing the crucifixion as a fait accompli, I might be attempting to portray the event in its very human brutality.

That’s not actually what I was doing, I was just trying to piss people off, but did it ever occur to you that I might have meant it the other way?

Man it’s fun being me!

4 Responses to “Flame War”

  1. R says:

    That wasn’t that funny. If you’re going to cause controversy with a video, at least make it a funny video.

  2. mexi says:

    It wasn’t meant to be funny. Do you find something humorous about Jesus getting nailed to a cross? Shame on you! It was meant to be poignant.

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