Jon Stewart Has A Powerful Message About Free Speech In The Wake Of The Texas ISIS Shooting

Jon Stewart’s free speech message after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris this past January was one of the most powerful messages of his career. Last night, in the wake of an ISIS-claimed shooting outside the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, Stewart went in again. He reminds the world, once again, that “responding to cartoons, or words, or ideas with violence is wrong.”

“I can’t believe we have to reiterate this. It is not OK to shoot other people because you are offended by what they draw — even if they drew it to offend you, no shooting of them. Never OK.”

And then he worked in a wonderful little dig at Philly sports fans:

“[The American Freedom Defense Initiative] is a First Amendment group the same way people from Philly are sports fans… They like sports, but really they’re just looking for an excuse to punch a stranger and pour beer on someone’s baby.”


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