I think this thread has a lot of excellent discussion!
I just wanted to chime in personally on the concept of what can be said about God. Unlike some of the other items, this is more squarely in the 'PC' realm than in the legal one. Personally, I was raised religious but turned 'evangelical atheist' for a while and now am a 'non-practicing atheist', as it were (both terms essentially made-up but I think they're cogent).
To my mind, I think freedom, tolerance, and respect demand that we allow and countenance any reasonable (nonviolent) discussions of religion and spirituality, or lack thereof. If someone wants to 'witness' to me, I can respect that even if I don't believe it. If someone wants to argue that there is no god, I don't see the point anymore, but I believe they should be able to do so in a friendly manner without repercussions.
Yes, it's 'just' a comic strip, but there's been other intelligent commenting here, and I find the thoughts the strip sparks in me are a valuable part of the experience. May the Lord bless and keep you all.
Umâ€¦ burning a Koran or flag is not speech. Unless you obtained a proper fire permit beforehand itâ€™s a mild form of arson thatâ€™s generally overlooked. And the usual motive behind it is to be a provocative insult to someoneâ€™s country or religion with the hopes of fueling an ongoing or starting a new controversy.
Furthermore, free speech in the USA does not give one the right to say anything they please. There are still laws and ordinances against profanity, libel, slander, defamation of character, etc. Free speech is mainly the right to voice your criticisms and displeasures with the government privately or publically without fear of legal prosecution.
Sadly liberal and belligerent media outlets have perverted this blessed right and tried to make it imply that they can say or print whatever they desire, go anyplace they please , and have the right to access any files they desire without consequence, by calling it free speech.
My apologies for the long post, but this is a right that I cherish, and I hate the way itâ€™s being abused and distorted these days.