Freedom & Islam
The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression. Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom -- freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives?
A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend. It is a freedom sorely lacking in the Islamic world, and without it Islam will remain unassailed in its dogmatic, fanatical, medieval fortress; ossified, totalitarian and intolerant. Without this fundamental
freedom, Islam will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality; originality and truth.Unless, we show some solidarity, unashamed, noisy, public solidarity with the Danish cartoonists, then the forces that are trying to impose on the Free West a totalitarian ideology will have won; the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest. Do not apologize.
This raises another more general problem: the inability of the West to defend itself intellectually and culturally. Be proud, do not apologize. …
And he’s just started at this point of the essay. Read the rest. The above author, Ibn Warraq, was raised as a Muslim and treasures the liberty he has found in the West. Sometimes it takes a new American to remind us of what we take for granted. Hat tip AOW.
Update: Daniel Pipes applauds Europe but find the Anglo-sphere's response lacking.
Update2: Tony Blankley Takes on the cowardly American press, excuse-making, and appeasement. Money quote: "The failure of the people to speak small truths leads to the victory of the big lie."