Never apologize unless it wasn’t what you intended.
What is it with these people? That swimmer downunder who, in response to a victory over South Africa, supposedly said, “Take that, you faggots,” and was then set upon by the gay lobby – why then did she break down into a blubbering mess, apologizing to everyone, purportedly to save her sponsorship deals?
It’s not a nice thing to say, it’s an ignorant thing but it’s what she believes. To hell with the government’s removal of free speech – if that’s how she feels, then that’s how she feels. She then has to wear the ostracism. End of story.
But don’t apologize, dearie.
Now to this pastor in the U.S.:
The pastor of a small church in Florida that planned to burn copies of the Koran on September 11 has called off the event after worldwide condemnation and warnings of a deadly Islamic backlash.
W-h-a-a-a-a-a-a-t-t-t!!! Look, maybe it wasn’t a good idea, maybe your Christian brothers and sisters have made you think twice, maybe you thought it out and realized it’s not very libertarian to burn books. Fine – those are all good reasons to desist, just as there are reasons to go ahead – the Koran and the hadiths following it are an abomination on this earth after all, a recipe for worldwide human misery and those taking advantage of them, as Barking Spider has illustrated in a number of posts, are the scum of the earth but one thing that that pastor should never do is bloody well bow to pressure from the very people whose books he’s burning.
I mean, of all the reasons, of all the actions he might have taken, that is not one which should be considered at all. Backlash from the Taliban? Look, we’re an invading army for goodness sake, a foreign power in Afghanistan – backlash is the name of the game 24/7 over there. So what’s that got to do with burning Korans?
Personally, I think it’s not a good idea – I wouldn’t do it because of the overtones of bookburning but that doesn’t stop us bringing the facts to the people. Better to give a powerpoint presentation in a shopping mall and be arrested for a hate crime by the hate crimers – at least it will publicize the message.
The bottom line is – only say or do what you truly believe in, then defend your actions with good reasons but never, ever apologize for that.