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(BBC)   Turkish government fines TV station because the Simpsons mocked God. Wait until they find out about South Park   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 63
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2012-12-05 11:57:02 AM
Can we just end all this "respect for people's beliefs" and just be open and accepting of insults and slander. There needs to be tolerance for angering and insulting people.
 
2012-12-05 12:08:05 PM
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cynicalbastard:

If you think that insulting God will get you into trouble in Turkey, try insulting Mustafa Kemal. Fortunately, I know WW1 history, when our ship was in Istanbul any time some young fellow in uniform there asked "What do you think of our leader Ataturk?" and my standard reply "From what I've read, he was a great soldier and statesman who earned the respect of both friends and enemies." always got a smile and handshake. And in one case a pat on the back and asked if I'd be interested in going for a drink and to talk about Turkish history, and perhaps to the famous baths- no, I don't swing that way, and yes, in spite of regulations, a lot of the guys in their military do.


My snark and general abuse upthread notwithstanding, Ataturk seemed like a classy guy. He wrote a memorial for the ANZAC soldiers who had died in the Gallipoli campaign:

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land. They have become our sons as well.

From his perspective, the ANZACs were a bunch of foreigners who invaded his country and killed a bunch of his friends. For him to offer carte blanche forgiveness and acceptance like that is pure, unadulterated class.
 
2012-12-05 01:09:08 PM
:facepalm

c'mon Turkey.. you're supposed to be the cool euro-middle eastern bridge state.
 
2012-12-05 01:24:17 PM
Homer: God, what is the meaning of life?
God: You will find out when are are dead.
Homer: But I can't wait that long!
God: You can't wait six months?
Homer: No, tell me now!
 
2012-12-05 01:34:42 PM
And NATO wants to arm them with long range missles?
 
2012-12-05 01:34:59 PM

Bondith: My snark and general abuse upthread notwithstanding, Ataturk seemed like a classy guy. He wrote a memorial for the ANZAC soldiers who had died in the Gallipoli campaign:

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land. They have become our sons as well.

From his perspective, the ANZACs were a bunch of foreigners who invaded his country and killed a bunch of his friends. For him to offer carte blanche forgiveness and acceptance like that is pure, unadulterated class.


It's a shame how much of a dick he was to Will Robinson.
 
2012-12-05 01:35:40 PM

liam76: KrispyKritter: some_beer_drinker: what farking century am i living in? hey, the dark ages called, they want their idiocy back...

lots of countries censor and prohibit USA TV programs. not everyone lives in the filthy gutter appreciates freedom of speech we have roll around in. you can easily think of a dozen programs that have no redeeming value right off the top of your head, i'm sure. one more reason why so many people hate America. Jerry Springer, reality shows, much of Mtv, etcetera, all garbage.

FTFY


That's KrispyKritte's schtick. He is, or pretends to be a very bitter, hateful old bigot. Poe's Law applies as it usually does. He may be trolling or he may believe all the hate he spews. Either way he's toxic and you're best off ignoring him.
 
2012-12-05 01:37:26 PM

wedun: 21-7-b:
A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that a Kurdish man who is deaf, illiterate and unable to speak be jailed for 25 years for supporting terrorism.

There's your problem


I'm more concerned about how well he plays pinball.
 
2012-12-05 01:50:27 PM
but some of the best jokes are religious

if God did't want us to laugh then he would have people go around killing the ones who do!

oh aaaa nevermind.
 
2012-12-05 02:13:28 PM

some_beer_drinker: what farking century am i living in? hey, the dark ages called, they want their idiocy back...


Did you warn them about the bubonic plague?
 
2012-12-05 03:19:40 PM
Blasphemy's a victimless crime.
 
2012-12-05 05:14:55 PM

Mock26: some_beer_drinker: what farking century am i living in? hey, the dark ages called, they want their idiocy back...

Did you warn them about the bubonic plague?


If you could go to, say, 1340, and somehow convince them you were a, not a witch, and b, not sent by Satan, and c, really from the future, and warned them that there was a huge-ass plague on the way, rather than listening to your ideas about, well, rat control, sanitation, etc. the local governments would all get together and come up with an early fix of there own for the problem, i.e., burn all the Jewish doctors in order to keep them from poisoning the wells, and kill all cats with even a smidgen of black hair to make sure there's no satanic familiars. And root out more heresies to keep Jesus happy.
Then when the plague hit, all the local lords, bishops, etc. whose populations were not completely lost but only dropped by a third to a half would pat themselves on the shoulders for a job well-done. As well as some well-done heretics.
Organisational stupidity is timeless.
 
2012-12-06 01:50:57 AM

cynicalbastard: Mock26: some_beer_drinker: what farking century am i living in? hey, the dark ages called, they want their idiocy back...

Did you warn them about the bubonic plague?

If you could go to, say, 1340, and somehow convince them you were a, not a witch, and b, not sent by Satan, and c, really from the future, and warned them that there was a huge-ass plague on the way, rather than listening to your ideas about, well, rat control, sanitation, etc. the local governments would all get together and come up with an early fix of there own for the problem, i.e., burn all the Jewish doctors in order to keep them from poisoning the wells, and kill all cats with even a smidgen of black hair to make sure there's no satanic familiars. And root out more heresies to keep Jesus happy.
Then when the plague hit, all the local lords, bishops, etc. whose populations were not completely lost but only dropped by a third to a half would pat themselves on the shoulders for a job well-done. As well as some well-done heretics.
Organisational stupidity is timeless.


My post was an XKCD reference.
 
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