February 21, 2005

One last thought on Philly

Before I move on to another topic, there is still one bone I have to pick in the Philly 5 case. While I applaud her ultimate decision, the ruling passed down by Judge Pamela Dembe is disturbing. In her decision, Dembe stated, “We are one of the very few countries that protects unpopular speech. And that means that Nazis can March in Skokie, Ill. ... That means that the Ku Klux Klan can march where they wish to. We cannot stifle speech because we don't want to hear it, or we don't want to hear it now.”

Perhaps this was not her intention, but on the surface it appears that, to Dembe, Christian groups are equivalent to the KKK and the Nazis. Christians are now the same as a murdering band of thugs hell-bent on turning back the clock of racial equality? They are now no different than a regime that systematically slaughtered 6 million people in less than a decade? Now anytime we disagree with the message we must demonize the messenger?

And, this ought to not only be offensive to the ears of Christians, but also to the victims and survivors of the hatred perpetrated by the Nazis and KKK. How awful it is to minimize the pain and loss inflicted on these victims. The memory of the lives that were destroyed by the lynch mobs and holocaust should not be compared to the inconvenience “suffered” by the attendees of the OutFest.

- The Red Oasis