Today I read a bulletin on MySpace containing a petition to remove a group called “Fuck the Troops.” I responded with a bulletin of my own:
“What I’m wanting is your help in Creating a Petition to send to Tom to get this group removed. Anyone who is willing to help please repost this bulletin and I will send a message to Tom from Iraq when I get there.
While I agree that “fuck the troops” is a sad point of view, we have to remember that the purpose of our military is to protect this country and all of its rights and freedoms, including the freedom of speech. Just because you don’t like what someone is saying doesn’t give you the right to censor them.
It would have been helpful if the original post included a link to this group. How else are we supposed to know if the petition is successful if we can’t check to see if the group was removed? I searched MySpace and found it here. [link removed] Note their statement: “We do not hate the troops; we do not support the troops.” It’s a tiny group with only 70 members. Ironically, by petitioning to remove it, people are popularizing it!
Regardless, do me a favor and search for “white power” or “Heil Hitler” or “I hate niggers” or “kill Muslims” or “I hate Muslims” on MySpace. Thousands of results come up. Now why is that OK? Why aren’t there any petitions to remove racist hatemongering groups and profiles? I’ll tell you why. Free speech.
“If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all.” -Noam Chomsky
Though I think the group’s title is immature and intended to be shocking with its profanity, I think it’s more immature to use it to justify suppression. And it’s only shocking if we give it too much emotion and attention, which only serves to embolden it.
I posted this here because it’s a very sensitive issue that I expect many will disagree with. Nevertheless, it’s important for me to stand by my views. I’m passionate about the principles that found this nation.