The Assasination of Barack Obama

I am a Unitarian Universalist. We have Seven Principles.

Strangely, Freedom of Speech is not one of them. Normally, I rail against the limitations to this freedom over the last decade- eg. “free speech zones”

Then, I saw this.  I’m glad they shut it down.

More (and far worse) here:

My work email erupted with enraged and hurt voices.

I sent this email.

The loudest cries come just before defeat. Be prepared for it to get worse.

There are very few people like this today compared to the rest of us.

Good men and women must not remain silent. We are in the majority if we vote.

Sending good vibrations…

Perhaps the most difficult thing about the Freedom of Speech, is that it can be used to violate so many of our other principles. Part of me didn’t want to post this at all. I’m giving it extra voice/ making it worse. But part of me wants to call things like this out and shame them. Tolerance is at least partly composed of silence.

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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3 Responses to “The Assasination of Barack Obama”

  1. Emily Says:

    Did you actually go to the artist’s website and actually learn what he was trying to say? Both exhibitions were about the assassination of both candidates character by the media and by conservatives. The exhibitions highlight the atrocious things that have been said about both of them and how we cannot be complacent in those kinds of words and actions. Obviously, if you look at the storefront window, sure a knee-jerk reaction is going to happen. The main problem with a lot of socio-political art today is that it is misconstrued and seemingly incendiary at first glance, but you need to investigate further to get to the heart of the matter. Check out the artist’s website: http://www.yazmany.com and read the press releases for both shows.

  2. Aaron Sawyer Says:

    I absolutely did NOT go to their web site. It’s unfortunate that the media portrayed it in the way that they did. I would have liked to have seen a better/deeper message. It’s fitting that the media would get rid of a powerful message critical of themselves though, right? I’ll take a look. Thanks for going beyond the hype. It’s something I should have done myself.

  3. Cheryl Says:

    I went to the site and I must say as an artist I was offended. I saw Hillary’s and Baracks and he didn’t denigrate Hillary’s child nor did he/she put up a big white vagina, looks to me that the “artist” is biased against Barack and has a complex against black males. He/she stated that this was supposed to examine what the media did to both candidates but nowhere in the media was Barack’s daughters called nappy headed ho’ s nor was his penis on display. As far as I am concerned this was just another nut job trying for his/her fifteen minutes of fame.

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