Hi Sabio – What drives me crazy (and others too, I think) is that the free speech at issue has typically been so trivial – I don’t mean here – but some of the free speech at issue – anything involving Terry Jones – really is quite repugnant. I’m not in favor of censorship – I just think he’s a manipulating (greedy) and manipulated guy, and that it’s terrible that people are actually hurt because of anything someone like him would promote. One would understanding fighting over, let’s say, the promotion of women’s rights. But Jones’s speech and a lot of the stuff at issue is something that doesn’t reflect the views–you can’t hardly call them views – of anyone.
I think the joke in your poem – comes from the traditional punishment for offending hands – so a special irony, but of course, idea of offending clergy – well, pretty common to religious tradition! Agh. k.
I agree with the Terry Jones criticism — it all depends on what we speak out against. Most of the Islam I know is highly suppressive of women — but then Christianity was used that way too (and still is in some sects).
Thanx for the comment!
"I hate that ordinary citizen-readers have been made to feel intimidated by poetry, when in fact it can be so much fun, and so lucid, insightful and contemporary. In this I am very much on the Garrison Keillor culture-team. A poem is a conversation or an encounter with a deeply committed, highly entertaining friend."
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