Draw Muhammad Day, Freedom Of Speech And The Tongue Of Fire
Now that the dust has settled a little bit regarding the debate regarding the Pamela Geller's “Draw Muhammad Event”, I want to take the time to share a Biblical world-view on the what occurred in Texas last week. I want to in fact will be discussing here the fruit of drawing political cartoons and the use of provocative words towards our others, including whom we deem as our enemies.
Looking at United States History, we Americans have a long and rich filled past related to stating our mind whenever we feel like it. Our First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantee's our right to speak openly and bluntly to, and about anyone or anything we want. We even have the right to openly criticize and make threats towards our public government officials here. There is very little speech that is not deemed unconstitutional, minus one that the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964 made a precedent decision with in Brandenberg vs. Ohio. This is where the Supreme Court found that there is a portion of free speech that(is) not guaranteed under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, “synonymous with an action that the speaker believes goes beyond the rights guaranteed by free speech, reckless or malicious speech, or an action whose outcomes are obvious.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shouting_fire_in_a_crowded_theater.
So the bottom line for all Americans is this, we have pretty much a liberty to speak our minds as long as we do not state something that would be construed as “reckless and or malicious.” We are even allowed to lie to others if we feel like it. Indeed, freedom of speech is a wonderful right given by God Himself. To have such a right however also carries with it an equal amount of responsibility. Many Americans freely use their rights under the United States Constitution, including freedom of speech, but how many use that speech wisely ? By the looks of things in Texas, not very wisely at all.
By my last statement, some of you are already thinking I am condemning Pamela Geller for her “Drawing Muhammad” event, I am not. In fact, as I shared earlier in this article, America has a long and rich history of free speech including drawing political cartoons. One can easily open up an unrevised American History book for school children as see some of the political cartoons drawn from even before the American Revolutionary War. Characturers of King George III being hung with a rope were at that time rampant in pamphlets and newspapers. For several hundred years in this nation, ordinary citizens have been given the right to express themselves with these cartoon characturers and this is because of our First Amendment of Speech. No one can nor should deny that fact.
A question however must be asked regarding what is the fruit of publicly displaying such characturers and speech that offends others. What I mean by this question is this, as we saw in Texas, there are those who do not take kindly to drawings and speech that is offending to them. In the case of drawing Muhammad, once again it is important to remember that America has a history of making drawings of those whom “We The People” oppose, especially during wartime. Often throughout World War II, our newspapers and movies were filled with political sarcasm and hate towards Hitler of Nazi Germany and Tojo of Japan. But that was during wartime. Are we also at war with Muhammad and or all of Islam ? I believe many of you will identify ISIS, Al Queda and other Islamic Terrorist Organizations as the reason to draw political cartoons and as the very reason Pamela Geller held her “Draw Muhammad Event”, but is not Muhammad also the Prophet of all of the peaceful Muslims as well ? Are we at war with them also ?
Again, and please hold the hate mail to me, I am not defending Islam, Islamic Terrorism or any type of attack upon America or our US Constitution, I am simply asking questions that should reach the very heart and soul of every Bible believing Christian and good American as well. I'm asking all these questions of you because I see no good Biblical fruit from drawing pictures of someone or something that simply pisses someone, or a group of people off. As I mentioned earlier, during World War II, many in the media as well as other Americans openly mocked Hitler and Tojo, but we were at war with them and their armies at the time. During war time, we shoot to kill those whom we opposed and considered them our enemies. We were not just drawing characturer of them, our weapons of war were very active against them. Are we in a war with ISIS, Al Queda, all of Islam ? If we are, no one has yet to go before the US Congress and declare War against Islam and Islamic Terrorists.
If we are at a stage of an undeclared war, shouldn't “We The People” now officially declare war, stop playing silly and childish games that only incites hate and retaliation against us ? A very serious and quite appropriate questions to ask. And while we consider declaring war against Islam, ISIS and Al Queda, “We The People” should also seriously consider declaring war on Biblical Christians as well. With all the recent laws purposely passed to oppose Biblical Christianity which includes so called “art” that put's Jesus in a jar of urine and approving Marijuana and Gay Marriage Laws as well, aren't those acts also likened to an act or war against God also ? Passing anti-Biblical laws and making such art is indeed likened to giving the middle finger to God(of the Bible)and spitting in Jesus' face. It's too bad that Americans no longer understand the Biblical principles “of building up(edifying) and tearing down.” US Citizens apparently have no idea that it was our American Founding Fathers which declared we receive all our rights from God yet we are losing our rights today because so many here play the(dangerous) game of offending the God who granted us our rights in the first place.
Wisdom from the Bible tells us to be prudent with what we speak, and what we do. 1 Corinthians 10:23 specifically declares that "I have the right to do anything, you say--but not everything is beneficial. 'I have the right to do anything'--but not everything is constructive.” Clearly, if any of us wishes to speak, or draw charcturers of others, let us remember that yes, we have that right to do so in this nation(for today), but let us also remember that it should be the Cross of Christ and the Holy Spirit and not the “flesh” that guides our speech and actions. Media moguls such as Bill O'Reilly and Pamela Geller apparently do not have the ability to listen to God's Spirit. Bill O'Reilly, with his bogus religious reasons to ridicule the event, and Pamela Geller, who used the flesh to create the “Draw Muhammad Day” event in the first place, know not wisdom from God of the Bible. If Muhammad is Pamela's enemy, she then should be ready to wage war against all Islam, and ready to kill, or be killed. The same axiom is also in effect and should be realized for Bill O'Reilly and all Americans who give God of the Bible the middle finger(figuratively or otherwise) and spit on Jesus' face by rejecting His word as well. Be ready for further retaliation from others whom we offend, including God Himself because we think not thoroughly before we speak or act by putting on events that simply only angers our enemies and does nothing to either bring them to repentance in Jesus, or permanently removes them.
Is it your heart's contention to speak words and draw cartoon characturers as to only piss off your enemies, and just enough to make them want to kill you, or are they spoken and done as a matter of war against a people that you hate ? Americans need more than ever the Holy Spirit to tame their tongues of fire and gather wisdom from God, the giver of right's in this “free” nation. James declares in 3:6-8 “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
Rev. Paul P. Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor
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