... in one simple statement:
Free speech is a "gift given to us by the [Universal] Declaration of Human Rights," said Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson during a press conference on October 2nd at UN headquarters in New York. It is "a privilege," Eliasson said, "that we have, which in my view involves also the need for respect, the need to avoid provocations."
Dear Mr. Eliasson, kiss our lily-white suburban ass. Neither you nor any other two-bit hack bureaucrat in that pathetically counter-productive pack of braying jackals called the United Nations can grant us or guarantee us our natural and inherent free speech rights.
And hold it, just a second: We might've found what Eliasson offensive in itself if it weren't coming from someone obviously possessing a room temperature I.Q.
We will note that this recent spate of free speech qualifications, hedgings and outright lies comes amidst the manufactured outrage over a crappy Youtube video no one has seen that is alleged to be offensive to the Islamic faith. Trust us when we say that nothing other than "alleged offenses against the Islamic faith" could generate the quantity and quality of idiocy we've been hearing the past couple of weeks.
We shudder to think of what other violence and stupidity should befall us if some U.S. tax-payer funded "art" were to sponsor, say, putting an image of Christ in a jar of urine. What then?