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5 Ways the Islamic War on Free Speech Advanced Last Week


2. Katy Perry quietly removes “Allah” symbol from video to appease enraged Muslims

After a petition gained 50,000 signatures demanding that YouTube remove Katy Perry’s music video for her new song “Dark Horse” because a man wearing a pendant bearing the word “Allah” is burned in it, YouTube quietly edited the video to remove the pendant.

Neither YouTube nor Perry made any public comment, but the swift capitulation was a foregone conclusion. Katy Perry wants to be a star, not a martyr for the freedom of expression, and that’s exactly what she would have become had YouTube not removed the offending Allah pendant from her video. Islamic supremacists and their Leftist stooges would have manufactured a “controversy” wherever Perry appeared, accusing her of “bigotry” and “fanning the flames of intolerance.” Katy might have even stopped being invited to the best parties.

Can’t have that. Twenty-five years after the Islamic Republic of Iran first issued its death fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the West has learned its lesson: if Muslims are offended, quickly remove the offending item. Fewer and fewer people grasp the importance of the freedom of speech as a bulwark against tyranny. It is taken for granted that those who traffic in violent intimidation have to be appeased and given what they want. That’s why one thing we can be sure of is that there will be much more violent intimidation.