A Mallard Fillmore cartoon has caused political controversy among the politically correct, so much so that one of the cartoons’ syndicated publications, Newsday, issued an apology. After all, a large newspaper in America has an obligation to censor anything that challenges the orthodoxies of our times. We can’t have anything in our papers that make us think! To quote Newsday:
Newsday issued a statement saying, “we expect the cartoons we publish, many of which are nationally syndicated, to amuse, stir and entertain, but never to offend. Hate crime is a serious issue. This nationally syndicated cartoon should never have run and we have expressed our concern to the syndicator.”The cartoon simply makes the point that the idea of classifying crimes as “hate crimes” is ridiculous, for indeed, aren’t all violent crimes, “hate crimes?” Isn’t most murder or assault motivated by “hate.” In the cartoon, the prehistoric victim of the appetite of a Tyrannosaurus Rex feels relief because he will be eaten not because he is certain breed of dinosaur. Of course, a “crime is a crime is a crime” and when one makes certain kinds of thoughts more punishable for the same crime, such laws lead to the Orwellian concept of “thought crimes” and a slippery slope that leads to suppression of our most basic rights. In a way, the words of Newsday show exactly where the concept of “hate crimes” leads, even to a suppressing a cartoon that simply offers a differing opinion.