At a friend's blog, a commenter hijacked the comments from out of the blue with this one:
"I would like to ask whether you might want to consider removing Pitchbull (sic) from your blogroll. Having been pointed to this post has not been a pleasure.
I have followed much of the discussion about the video his post points to and I do not want to repeat all the background information available on it. In short, though, this video will not help solve any problem -- and I think it is safe to say that it is a work of fundamentalism; western fundamentalism in this case, but in such not any better that what it claims to criticise.
The only, and really the only good thing about the video is that it shows that we live in countries sticking to the principle of freedom of speech. This, however does not mean that we should agree to all the opinons stated within our culture of freedom of speech or even point to them.
If this was the pig war, I might just have a good laugh and go along, but in this case, the level of escalation is far beyond a point where occasional insults are the only things happening. Further insults will not help.
Pitchbull/Greybeard writes in his post "Bloggers- If you agree with Wilders views, show your support by posting the film. Numbers may help save his life." May I add: Films like this one will put fuel on the fire and take more lives. If the aim really is to bring democracy to other parts of the world, this film is a very drastic and anti-democratic example about how not to "get the job done", to quote somebody else."
I don't know this person, so I have no idea what his/her thought processes are like. But even at a blog frequented by some fairly Liberal folks I think he/she was surprised how readers there defended this crusty old freedom lover.
In response to receiving a cool reception, he/she comes here with this comment:
"Nec, when you say you "do support Greybeard in that [you] believe freedom of speech is more important than weather (sic!) [you] agree with what is said," you also seem to support my opinion stated in my comment above. I do not find an indication that I called for censorship of the video; I stated pretty much the contrary of a call for censorship. Please also note that I did not ask for the censorship of Greybeard's blog. What I did in the comment section of the blog you are referring to was, simply, ask a question. Where are we when questions may not be asked?"
I'm really REALLY confused...
He/She didn't call for censorship of "PitchPull"?
Suggesting others not watch Geert Wilder's movie "Fitna" to determine it's value or lack thereof... that's not an act of censorship?
As one of our Presidential candidates has repeatedly told us, "words have meaning".
Now help me to understand...
What am I missing about the meaning of the word "censorship"?