Free Speech vs. Hate Speech: There is a line, somewhere

One word: Terrorism.

Just the thought instills fear and chaos in the U.S., even to this day.

A New York City cabbie is proving this.

According to FOX News, Yousef al-Khattab operates an extremist Islamic anti-American Web site that features “violent images, including mocking the deaths of GIs in Iraq.”

On any given day, other videos posted to the site include: The Statue of Liberty, with an ax blade cutting through her side; a video mocking the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl entitled, “Daniel Pearl I am Happy Your Dead :)” [he can’t even spell, and it makes me sick to have to quote that]; a video of a puppet show lampooning U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq; and the latest speech from Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, an extremist Muslim cleric convicted in the U.K. and later deported for soliciting the murder of non-Muslims.

He operates this Web site from his home in Queens, N.Y.

All of this is technically legal because Khattab does not make any threats.

Where do we draw the line?

This man lives in New York City, the country’s mecca and the target of 9/11 attacks. He obviously hates the U.S. Yet he’s abusing our system, making a living and offending the nation while doing so.

He even has the balls to want the U.S. to “embrace Islam and Sharia Law, which prohibits alcohol and can include stoning to death or severe flogging for pre-marital sex and adultery.”

In that case, I would guess 99.9 percent of the population wouldn’t exist.

Here’s the thing: I am all for free speech, which clouds the line even more.

The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Free Speech is NOT free; never was

OK, I get it, free speech. It’s a great shield for ignorance and an excuse to say just about anything and get away with it.

It also has countless positive aspects, many times allowing the truth to surface in circumstances it normally would not. (I wouldn’t have this blog without free speech. I love my blog.) We pay a price either way.

But this is hate speech. Forget making threats. This is just plain insulting. And what makes me so angry is that Khattab will continue to operate his Web site just as I will continue to post on my blog.

We’re both allowed to do this; no one can stop us until it becomes a legal issue. I would like to think my morals run deeper.

Melting pot is melting our morality

Then again, America is the melting pot. We’ve made our bed that we should “embrace diversity.” I call bull.

What does it say about our country that we let this man live here, work here and basically tell us we should no longer exist as we do? I think it says, “Hi, we’re idiots.”

I thought part of living in America was that the acceptance is reciprocal? If you come here, ADAPT. Just because the country lets you in doesn’t mean it has to accomodate your every wish.

The beauty of the melting pot was supposed to be that this was a great amalgamation of cultures, ideas and politics. Yea, OK.

I want my free speech more than anything, but I also want the U.S. to have some respect and a sense of authority when it comes to trafficking the Internet. I think it should have rights when attacked, just as any celebrity or public figure has rights to claim libel, defamation or slander when attacked.

Free speech is turning into a joke.

Come on, we thought it was appropriate to embrace the “war” in Iraq. Let’s go bomb a country to pieces while sacrificing thousands of our men for nothing and call it a “project.”

Why can’t we fight this war on other grounds?

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