The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Thursday, November 10, 2005
No Fun Allowed!

In one of the United States founding documents is the phrase,"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

As PJ O'Rourke stated in one of his many books, this country was founded on the principle of having a good time.

Over in the comments section of No Pasaran! , I found the following:

No you're not allowed to laugh:

"Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation
was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic
regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no
humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in
whatever is serious."

[quoted in Amir Taheri, The Spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic
Revolution, Adler & Adler, 1986, p.259]

Well, there appears to be some real irreconcilable differences between us and the Religion of Peace.