I think we are as a nation progressing more and more towards tolerance everyday. I think on some level people have their prejudices but we don't act out on them as much. The media chooses what it chooses 'sometimes' with some wisdom. We have a lot of Muslims living in the U.S. We desire to live peacefully with people from walks of life and beliefs; a work in progress.
Antisemitism is disliked and discouraged, but people can still create propaganda. The media however may or may not publish it. If they want to they can, but they likely won't publish things of that nature. I think the media are pot stirrers, but I do think they limit it in cases of national and world security or in matters of deep sentiments. Like I said, there are a lot of Muslims living in the U.S. Can you imagine how it'd be with these sorts of videos, excerpts, and constant coverage of them for Muslims? So I think they are just using their wisdom, like I said and being the bigger people and not being the pot stirrers of such hatred.
Religion is not the only thing that is mocked. Obesity and homosexuality to name a few. I am not saying this is right (it is not), just that people say provocative things all of the time and are not arrested for it. The only difference here is that the Muslims reacted poorly, and that is not the fault of the film makers.
I am sorry but I have no sympathy for Christians who can't practice Christianity in the U.S. If you are a big guy being called a name by a little guy, you don't really care. If you're a little guy being called a name by a big guy, you feel threatened. Minorities, particularly those of non Christian faiths, go through major issues. The entire culture and flow of the U.S. has been in line with Christianity since being conquered. However, I think we are trying to focus on being more inclusive as a nation and as a government in more respects than just religion. We recently had a debate about the mayor of a town and his attitude towards Chick Fil A, about gay right issues, marriage, etc. I think we have to see the broader picture in where we've come from and where we are headed. So, Christians are not losing rights. Others are finally getting some. Their feelings are finally being taken into consideration.
Protesting is fine. Harming others is not.
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What I was saying was that other groups besides Muslims that are criticized or mocked. Those groups in turn do not go around attacking embassies. Neither do we arrest people for making fun of other people or mocking a religion. To even suggest that we should arrest people for making an anti Muslim video, blows my mind.
I don't think that "not being able to practice your religion in public" is a real issue. Sure, government institutions can't publically endorse your religion, but if you as a private citizen went out on a street corner and started praying and preaching, you would not be removed or arrested unless you were really disturbing the peace or tresspassing on private property. Walk around in downtown Denver or on the Auraria Campus sometime, we have some pretty famous street preachers that are certainly "allowed" by law enforcement and the public at large to do their thing. The police doesn't come and haul them off, the people walking by don't try to beat them up. Also, go pray before your meal in a restaurant some time if you don't already. My parents do this, and it embarrasses the crap out of me, but no one in the restaurant (not even their cringing daughter across the booth) says a word to stop them. Stick a Jesus fish on your car and see if anyone bothers you or vandalizes your car. I used to have a Darwin fish on my car until someone stole it and keyed a big scratch in my car. I just don't believe that Christians are these big victims that arent allowed to practice their religion in public. That is not my experience at ALL. The only thing you're not allowed to do is make your religion into the law, or have a public institution endorse your religion over another belief system. You have to be treated equally as the rest of us (which is basically ignored LOL) when it comes to the government. That's it.
And yes, everyone gets made fun of.
Here is some interesting background. I learned something here about the actual law. It's not a primary source though.
Brandenburg v. Ohio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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