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June 11, 2002

WALTER OLSON reports that they're trying to ban Oriana Fallaci's new book in France for "Islamophobia," (a term used in this nasty review in (where else) The Guardian). Apparently it's evil to point out that people are trying to destroy the culture of openness and freedom, since it might encourage someone to want to do something to defend it. This is what hate-speech laws do -- punish people who point out the haters, while leaving the haters untouched.

UPDATE: Do you think they regard Oriana Fallaci as a "premature anti-Islamofascist?"