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University of Pennsylvania prof doubles-down on First Amendment idiocy

Written By: Bob - Sep• 13•12

Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania religion instructor, doesn’t grasp the basics of free speech.

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and she made quite an impression yesterday when she argued that the maker of a film should go to prison for making a crappy movie.

Bacile (0r whatever his name is) is responsible for a nearly 14-minute movie trailer that mocks Mohammed and the Islamic religion.

It is a horrible film in any way you wish to view it, with bad acting, pathetic over-dubbing, and no coherent plot through the three minutes I could force myself to watch. That Muslims could watch enough of it to be offended speaks volumes about both their masochism and fanaticism. The only rational response to such a pathetic display is mockery.

The university fascist thinks otherwise, and thinks the filmmaker should be jailed for his opinion. The Constitution is rather obviously not high on her “read and comprehend” list.

Professor Butler locked her Twitter account after she was raked over the coals yeaterday, but took to the pages of USAToday to double-down on her stupidity:

My initial tweet about Bacile, the person said to be responsible for the film mocking the prophet Mohammed, was not because I am against the First Amendment. My tweets reflected my exasperation that as a religion professor, it is difficult to teach the facts when movies such as Bacile’s Innocence of Muslims are taken as both truth and propaganda, and used against innocent Americans.

If there is anyone who values free speech, it is a tenured professor!

So why did I tweet that Bacile should be in jail? The “free speech” in Bacile’s film is not about expressing a personal opinion about Islam. It denigrates the religion by depicting the faith’s founder in several ludicrous and historically inaccurate scenes to incite and inflame viewers. Even the film’s actors say they were duped.

I doubt that Butler spent as much as a minute watching the horrific film, for if she did she would know there is no way to view this as truth. It was clearly mockery, as even an Affirmative Action-hire cliched college professor should be able to discern.

Butler claims that the film, ” is not about expressing a personal opinion about Islam.” How on earth could she draw such a conclusion, when a film such as this clearly exists for the sole reason of expressing the filmmaker’s opinion?

The Freedom of Speech exists to protect speech,  so that idiot filmmakers can say whatever they want, and idiot professors can say whatever they want. I somehow doubt Butler would feel so prosecutorial if she was arrested for her poorly-formed opinions or ignorance of basic junior high civics.

Frankly, I pity the students of the University of Pennsylvania that face instruction under this halfwit, who has no business attempting to “educate” anyone.

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  1. twolaneflash says:

    Like Obama, the best of affirmative action on exhibit.

  2. Rick Roberts says:

    First, prof is a stupid “word”. Second, you are completely right about this fool.

  3. SouthernRoots says:

    For the government to follow her suggestion, and to be totally impartial, the government would also have to imprison anyone that denigrates [any]the religion by depicting the faith’s founder in several ludicrous and historically inaccurate scenes to incite and inflame viewers.

    Of course, her operative phrase was “used against innocent Americans.” How many religions are so insulted that they perpetuate actual violence as a community in the specific defense of their religion?

    • styrgwillidar says:

      And other religions start committing acts of violence if they feel offended, then do we start making laws about their concerns?

      The South Park episode about depicting Mohammed was genius…