Thursday, August 21, 2003

This post was supposed to show a picture of protestors in Alabama trying to prevent the authorities from removing the monument of the 10 Commandments. Unfortunately the photo didn't load so you'll have to do without it.

Still even after much of the hoopla is done, I can't help think of all those conservative pundits bleating how liberal anti war protesters were draining resources when they are needed elsewhere. By forcing the authorities (the police, FBI, courts) to deal with protesters exercising their freedom of speech they were taking them away from fighting terrorism. It was primarily Bill O'Reilly with a bunch of other right wing hatchet people using the same arguments.

So here are those protesters exercising their freedom of speech. It got me thinking - wasn't it Bill O'Reilly who was mouting off less about this

A guest of his even went to go as far as saying that protesters were by chance obstructing say an aumbulance and someone dies, "these individuals should be tried as accessories to murder". Bill O’Reilly summed it up: They are “doing it to terrorize the authorities…to try to break down the system. That’s terrorism.”

Okay so the old fogies aren't clogging up the streets, and I guess Alabama is not a hotbed of terrorism like a large city were all the liberals tend to hang out, but is anyone missing the irony here?

The bottom line is for all the hot air that O'Reilly and many others on the caustic right wing blow about respect for the law, they could care less. And don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with saying the law is wrong. The law has been on the wrong side an awful lot throughout history. It sends me up a wall when those who are most self righteous use the standard of the law (or the Bible) when it suits there purposes, and cast it aside when it gets in their way.


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