Well the train for tit for tat destruction of free speech is barreling full steam ahead this today. Yesterday, Roseanne Barr and the entire cast of her show lost their jobs over words. Today, it is Bill Maher.
Yes, Roseanne’s tweet was disgusting, hurtful, childish and racist, but that should really not surprise anyone as the woman has made an entire career out of having a big mouth and using it. Roseanne could be the poster child for what James wrote in the Bible about an uncontrollable tongue.
James 3: 4, 5,7
“4 And look at ships! They are so big that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the helmsman directs.
5 In the same way, the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it can boast of great achievements. A huge forest can be set on fire by a little flame…..For all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be or have been tamed by humans, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.”
Roseanne has apologized for her tweet, but, in the interest of eternal victim outrage and a total lack of social graces, apologies no longer mean anything. They have become merely an admission of guilt, not evidence of a contrite heart and mind, or acceptance of the responsibility of fault. Today, punishment with no forgiveness or redemption is the penalty for offending the non-judgmental.
It seems to me, that if Roseanne had been the Biblical woman at the well under sentence of death by stoning, when the Lord asked the crowd that whoever had no sin to cast the first stone, instead of the mob recognizing their own imperfection and dispersing, they would have rapidly fired stones at both the poor woman and Christ.
To be perfectly clear, Roseanne Barr is a role model for no one. I do believe there are consequences for actions. I do not feel sorry for her losing her job, but I do for the rest of her show’s cast. They are not the first people whose jobs were unjustly lost because of words in a country governed by a constitution that protects free speech. They won’t be the last. Many other people have been in the headlines for job loss due to speech. A few years ago it was Bill Maher. This morning’s headlines of people wanting him fired are deja vu all over again.
I do on occasion watch the Bill Maher’s show. I think he is a smart man. I do not think that Bill Maher and I would ever be friends. We are very different people. Should I ever meet Bill Maher, I have every reason to expect that we would both just stare at each other with a raised eyebrow as we slowly shake our heads. I know that if he ever read this blog, my quoting of Biblical scripture would irritate him
I also know that he called President Trump an orange orangutan. I know for a fact, that the president has been called far worse. I really doubt that Bill Mahr’s colorful ape reference is the insult that is going to get the President’s undies in a bunch. My outrage is not whether or not Mr. Maher likened the president to a primate, but that anyone would even think Bill Maher did not have the right express himself, or would try to punish him for stating his opinion.
I rarely agree with anything that Bill Maher says or thinks. However, where Bill Maher has my unequivocal and total support is in his right to and defense of freedom of speech. I have seen him, on his show, defend the free speech of people he cannot stand and that have opinions with which he vehemently disagrees.
Bill Maher understands that it is an absolute necessity for free-speech to be protected for a society to remain free. You protect your own freedom to speak when you stand up for everyone’s freedom of speech.
So, to all of those folks who are all hot to take away Mr. Maher’s job, because Roseanne Barr lost hers, I ‘d just like to say…hold on there! If you really truly believe that Roseanne unfairly lost her job, I have to ask, “Since when do two wrongs make a right?” How is taking away anyone’s freedom of speech going to protect your own? The Bill Mahers and Roseanne Barrs of this nation have every right to say what they want whether me, you or the man in the moon like or not.
I cannot help but think that stupidest quote ever from any movie, “Love means never having to say your sorry” has become the communications goal for our nation. The freedom of speech baby has been tossed out with the politically correct bath water, and a civil right came in a distance second to hurt feelings.
Self reflection is good for a person and for a nation. So now would be a great time to ask whether feelings are more important than freedom? The answer is a resounding….NO!
1. Never write, email, text or tweet anything that your grandmother could not read.
2. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you!