Protester dies after inhaling fumes from burning American flag
Burning an American flag proved fatal for a Pakistani protester, who reportedly died from inhaling fumes from the ignited icon of independence.Hmm. Let me check. Nope, my give-a-damn-meter is firmly lodged at "NFW". Play stupid games, win stupid prizes - you and your rioty compatriots skimped on the flags and bought cheap Chinese crap, and you paid dearly. Please heed the warning and only burn high quality flags going forward, Mustafa. When you care enough to hate, hate using the best cotton flags.
Some 10,000 people rallied this week in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province, to protest the movie trailer that Muslims say insults Islam, according to the International Herald-Tribune. One participant, identified as Abdullah Ismail, died after being taken to an area hospital. Witnesses said he had complained of feeling sick from the smoke from American flags burnt at the rally.
“The U.S. must make a law against blasphemy – or we will not let the US consulates in Pakistan function,” a rally organizer told the paper.I understand you're not from around here, but it doesn't work that way. Despite the best attempts of politicians of both stripes to neuter it for the past, oh, 100 years or so, we have this thing called the First Amendment. It guarantees us that Congress shall pass no law abridging our right to free speech. That means the government can't do dick-all about someone making a film critical of your religion.
Notice, please, that Catholics around the world didn't riot and burn flags over "The Last Temptation of Christ". No one lobbed bombs at the Museum of Art for hosting the "Piss Christ" exhibit. Hell, the fact that Mel Brooks hasn't been stoned to death for his whimsical portrayal of members of the Tribe ought to tell you something (but since I mentioned the JOOOOOOOOOOS I'll wager you're not listening).
Feel free to burn our flag all you want. You stay in your country, I'm perfectly fine with you burning the flag all you want. I'd prefer you bought a genuine American flag rather than send the money to China, but hey, I understand the need to keep costs down. You start telling our government that they need to curtail my rights because you're offended, then you can go to hell.
And I'll work to defeat any President who suggests such a measure, whether it be Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, or Zombie Reagan...
That is all.