Sunday, February 05, 2006

Assault on free speech

Islamic extremists, their sensitivities jarred by a series of cartoons, are launching an assault on freedom of the press and free speech. This is happening, regrettably, not just in America but worldwide. They are being abetted by the Vatican, which preposterously claimed, "The right to freedom of thought and expression ... cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers." Well, actually, yes it does entail exactly that right. Speech that has to conform to the sensitivities of religious believers is not truly free.

A few examples of the radical Islamists' contempt for freedom are in this article. Here's two quick instances of censorship:
1. Two Jordanian editors whose newspapers published the cartoons were arrested yesterday.
2. A South African court banned the country's Sunday newspapers from reprinting the cartoons.

One slightly related item-our friends at CAIR are back in the news. They too are objecting to insensitive language. Our self-appointed religious sensitivity police sent a letter to President Bush stating that he avoid "hot-button terms" in his speech, such as "Islamo-fascism," "militant jihadism," and "Islamic radicalism." Bush, to his credit, ignored the letter.

Thanks to National Review Online for that item.

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