I finally got around to watching the latest episode of Penn & Teller's BULLSHIT last night and it ended with this clip from their Las Vegas show.
With all the talk in support of and against Rev. Jerry Falwell that is racing around every branch of the media today, this Penn & Teller trick hits home with me.
Because even though I believe that most of what Rev. Falwell said was repulsive, and even though what I say, as well as what I am, is repulsive to some people, we still live in a nation that allows us - - all of us - - to say whatever we want, whenever we want.
Even today. Even in the Dark Ages of George W. Bush. Even under the "Big Brother" eye of The Patriot Act. We can all say anything we want. We can criticize and discuss and rant and rage and praise and cheer. We can say anything.
Even the word "faggot."
Even the words "nappy headed ho."
Watch this. It helped me remember that.
P.S. Don'tcha love my XANADU reference with the title of this post?
Who else can discuss Freedom of Speech, the death of a religious zealot, a Las Vegas club act and offensive language and make it all fit under an Olivia Newton-John song title?
Who, I ask you? WHO?!?