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Once Again, Islamists Bully Europe on Free Speech

But this time, France shows backbone.

by
Adam Turner

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November 19, 2011 - 12:47 am
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If only the American press were as brave. Paris Time magazine’s bureau chief Bruce Crumley showed nothing but disdain for Charlie Hebdo’s free speech:

Okay, so can we finally stop with the idiotic, divisive, and destructive efforts by “majority sections” of Western nations to bait Muslim members with petulant, futile demonstrations that “they” aren’t going to tell “us” what can and can’t be done in free societies? Because not only are such Islamophobic antics futile and childish, but they also openly beg for the very violent responses from extremists their authors claim to proudly defy in the name of common good.

James Kitfield, National Journal’s security correspondent, echoed Crumley. Christopher Dickey, the Paris bureau editor at Newsweek, tried to deflect the blame to the far right in France, because, he said, it rather than the Islamists had the most to gain from the attack. A major left-wing American website, the Huffington Post, “deplor(ed) the conversation that followed the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices” because it did not “sufficiently condemn the ‘disrespectful’ publication, but rather suggested — shockingly — that satire be considered an acceptable ‘part of the French tradition.’” And even the mainstay of U.S. journalism, the New York Times, has been mute on the threat to free speech.

I am shocked to be saying this, but the U.S. needs to emulate the bravery of the “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” when it comes to standing up for free speech against Islamist violence. Otherwise, Islamists will continue to be emboldened and crank out new things Westerners cannot speak about. Just recently, in Switzerland, in America, and in Egypt, some Muslims have declared that another form of speech portraying the Christian cross is also a problem. In Egypt, the Islamists have even threatened and killed Copts for having it. Considering the Islamists’ rabid anti-Semitism, it is also probably safe to say that any Jewish religious symbols are considered even more of a provocation. And now, in something that probably needs to be seen to be believed, the humor-challenged Muslim radicals in the Middle East have discovered that certain toy guns are blasphemous to Islam.

Just wait until this madness spreads to the U.S. Do we really want these kinds of people determining what we can say about anything?

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The author is a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee for national security issues and is currently staff counsel for The Legal Project.
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