THE HAIL SATAN SCANDAL: WHY SARCASM ISN’T PROTECTED SPEECH TO THEOCRATS
As a demon journalist I am often confronted by stories in the Living World of Human beings on Terra that require more than a knee jerk reaction. I have been a student of both Metaphysics and the Law from a very young age and my studies in those two disciplines allow me to take the time and understand the many and subtle nuances that are involved in a social issue like abortion rights in the United States. Being a male demon I will never carry a child to term and give birth. It is my firmly held belief that life, even here in the Afterlife is a precious commodity, but that having been said I have absolutely no right to infringe upon the rights of a woman who has to make the decision of whether to give birth to a child or terminate her pregnancy. there is a distinct advantage that I hold which most people on the conservative side of this debate do not. I am not shackled to a religious belief about a this medical procedure anymore than I am about the removal of gall stones.
I Austin, Texas recently a group of anti-abortion rights protesters began to sing the hymn “Amazing Grace” in a traditionally religious effort to inject an appeal to authority and emotion into a debate about what women can and cannot do in respect to their own bodies. There were pro-abortion rights protesters near this group who chanted, “Hail Satan!” in a sarcastic attempt to offend the religious conservatives who were singing and offend them they did. There was one young woman who flicked out her tongue at the camera while taunting the singers and I am certain if she knew how tyrannical Shai’tan was during his reign here in Hell she would not have been so flippant. That bit of the history of Hell aside, her right to shout this odious oath at the Christians is protected speech under the 1st amendment to the United States Constitution which does not have a clause in it that protects anyone from offense– nor should it.
In the days of the black civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s there were numerous incidents where young white people physically assaulted black students who wished nothing more than to eat at a lunch counter or attend school. This incident of offense to religious beliefs based in sarcasm does not rise to that historic level of murder and disrespect for Humanity as expressed by white Christian Southerners sixty years ago. However, their pathology for diversity is manifest in their need to have an authority to which to appeal and have that authority respected by all lest they be shamed.
I would like to remind the conservatives who are so aghast at the chants of the pro-abortion rights activists in Austin, Texas that the constitutional rights you so love belong to all in the United States, not just those people who share your religious and ideological beliefs.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Cavalor Epþiþ, Esquire, O.B.R.E., CS, O.D.A.J.[1er], O.Q.H.[Journ.], D.S.V.J., J.F.
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