Comedy Central caves to death threat,

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River
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CC went for the worst possible outcome. It's not just that they gave in to the morons. The creators of South Park, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and all the others are the court jesters of our age. You aren't supposed to silence, or even censor, The Fool.

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interesting reaction

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=313170
After Comedy Central cut a portion of a South Park episode following a death threat from a radical Muslim group, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris wanted to counter the fear. She has declared May 20th "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."

Norris told KIRO Radio's Dave Ross that cartoonists are meant to challenge the lines of political correctness. "That's a cartoonist's job, to be non-PC."
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interesting reaction

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=313170
After Comedy Central cut a portion of a South Park episode following a death threat from a radical Muslim group, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris wanted to counter the fear. She has declared May 20th "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."

Norris told KIRO Radio's Dave Ross that cartoonists are meant to challenge the lines of political correctness. "That's a cartoonist's job, to be non-PC."
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
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I do hope this doesn't escalate to the point of taunting people to kill other people. I am more and more doubtful that a credible threat was made against South Park or Comedy Central...but in the fallout of this controversy, it seems more and more likely that some nutjob will take notice and take it upon himself to make good on one of these threats.
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Ross Douthat's take in the NYT:
This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/opini ... uthat.html
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I like the last line better:
Because if a violent fringe is capable of inspiring so much cowardice and self-censorship, it suggests that there’s enough rot in our institutions that a stronger foe might be able to bring them crashing down.
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The Simpsons subtly backs South Park:

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