Shorter Damian Penny: "How dare some people engage in hate speech?"
Shorter Damian Penny: "I'm here to defend hate speech."
But wait ... it gets so much funnier because, you see, in that second link, Damian gets all panty-tuggy and free-speech-warrior weepy about, well, free speech. Damian sets the stage:
An anti-abortion speaker tried to give a presentation comparing legal abortion to the Holocaust - a gross trivialization of the Holocaust, in my opinion - at St. Mary's University (a Catholic school) late last week.
And then what happened, Damian? Oh ...
Since the purpose of a university is to ensure that no one has their deeply held beliefs challenged in any way, a mob of pro-choice activists shut him down.
Under the circumstances, then, Damian, perhaps you'd like to fill us in on exactly what "deeply held beliefs" were being challenged here. Because, as I read it and unless I'm hideously mistaken, there was no intellectual content in that "presentation." There was nothing even remotely resembling an argument or intellectual discourse. No, if I read that correctly, the main point of that diatribe was that, well, pro-choicers are like Nazis. And, sadly, this is where it becomes obvious that folks like Damian are supremely and irreparably retarded and should not be allowed to partake in actual conversation with others who have a functioning brain.
At the risk of generalizing, we in the Not-Stupid-o-Sphere are well aware of the opinions of the anti-choicers. Really, folks, we know what you believe because, quite simply, you never shut the hell up about it. In a nutshell, you hate abortion and you think people who defend it are no better than the Nazis who murdered millions of Jews.
We get it. Honest to fucking Christ, we get it. But that's not an argument, it's not a presentation and it's not intellectual discourse. It's just you shrieking about what you hate. So how is that news? We've heard it all before more times than we care to count, and having you continue to keep howling the same thing really doesn't contribute anything to the debate.
So what exactly is Damian so yanked off about regarding what went down at SMU? An anti-choice speaker compared abortion to the Holocaust. Is that supposed to be the basis for a discussion? Is there something there that's actually debatable? No, it's simply hate speech, with no pedagogical content whatsoever but, curiously, Damian and his shrieky right-wing buddies are the first to rush to the defense of "free speech" as if there was something resembling content there that deserved defending.
By way of analogy, it would be as if someone advertised a "presentation" purporting to criticize Israel's foreign policy with respect to the Palestinians, but proceeded to denigrate Jews and describe them as, I don't know, mud people or what have you. That would have precisely the same intellectual content, yet I'm sure Damian and his fellow Blogging
Here's a suggestion, Damian: If you feel the overwhelming urge to defend someone spewing what is nothing more than vacuous hate speech simply because you agree with the message, then you might want to put a fucking sock in it whenever you get the urge to accuse anyone of "anti-Semitism." That would be the consistent thing to do but, given that you're a Blogging Tory, I'm guessing something like that isn't going to happen in my lifetime.
Call it a hunch.