How to treat a bully May 12, 2010Posted by Ezra Resnick in Freedom, Religion.
There is no such thing as a right not to be offended; there is no such thing as a right not to have your feelings hurt. On the other hand, there is hardly anything more important than the freedom to criticize the beliefs of others, and there are some ideas to which ridicule is the appropriate response. If you don’t insist upon your rights, however, you will surely lose them, and there is no room for dialogue or negotiation when one side lays a gun on the table. If fear causes us to practice self-censorship, then the bullies win – and you can be sure they will be even bolder when they come back next time. As a small token of support for those who have been threatened with violence over cartoons, I am proud to present the following drawing of the Prophet Mohammad as a dog (which got the Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks punched in the head while lecturing at a university):