This ad, and the movie, and the cartoons, and child porn are all examples of how silly it is to talk about Freedom of Speech.
Just the idea of Freedom of Speech is an example of how innocent and primitive the Founding Fathers of the U.S. were. They were just trying to make Baptists and Methodists get along. They could never have imagined a world where Christians had to mingle with Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists, Scientologists, Wiccans, Comet Worshipers, followers of Jim Jones, Atheists... Cool aid drinkers all. If your society and its neighbors have a mixture of beliefs, you cannot have free speech without anonymity-- If your neighbors are saying the wrong thing (or drinking the wrong thing, smoking the wrong thing, displaying the wrong flag, doing the right thing on the wrong day, just generally setting a bad example) it is violence.
If people say the wrong thing, they set a bad example for your children that may cause them to lose the vision of the truth, and burn in a lake of fire forever. Or they may cause your children to rule their life by myths and fairy tales rather than logic and science. One of the reasons that those without religion are uncomfortable around religion is that they know that it can make their children gullible, and more easily rallied into other forms of mob psychology, following the loudest voice into combat with the other tribe.
I see few examples of religion being the cause of human nastiness, but it has frequently been the tool that allowed or helped evil men to rise to power. Religion produces gullibility, and gullibility allows the rabble to be roused to violence against the infidels. Power-hungry leaders have used this characteristic of religion to rally the pack against "enemies" countless times.
There are leaders in every society who use "those violent people over there" to mobilize the mob, and thereby increase their own power. And the greatest ally of the violent leader, is the violent leader on the other side. My analysis is that the maker of the ad, the movie and the cartoons are, perhaps knowingly, inciting violence, so that the resulting storm can be held up as an example of "the savagery" of those over there, and the ad maker etc can grow their own flock.
Those who's way of life is fragile, those who live in despair, the hopeless, are the easiest to lead to extremism, and the easiest to rally violently. Short of joining the serve-and-volley of violence, the only way I can see out, is to help those others out of their hopeless fragile conditions.
Thanks for an interesting discussion, and have a nice Sunday.
Well I'm standing by a river
But the water doesn't flow
It boils with every poison you can think of
And I'm underneath the streetlights
But the light of joy I know
Scared beyond belief way down in the shadows
And the perverted fear of violence
Chokes a smile on every face
And common sense is ringing out the bells
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to Hell
And all the roads jam up with credit
And there's nothing you can do
It's all just bits of paper
Flying away from you
Look out world take a good look
What comes down here
You must learn this lesson fast
And learn it well
This ain't no upwardly mobile freeway
Oh no, this is the road to Hell
~ Chris Rea "Road to Hell II"