Boldly Exercising Our Freedoms
The moral premises shared by any group tells you whether it's a society seeking mutual benefits for members based on respect and voluntary exchanges or a criminal gang. The message from the 200 politicians from 16 countries in the Arab Inter- Parliamentary Union -- a message that screams like Islamic mobs protesting the Danish cartoons of Mohammad -- is that their organization, the governments they represent and the cultures on which they are based still remain beyond the bounds of civilized principles. Those politicians have called on “Arab and Muslim governments to spare no effort to pressure the UN to issue a resolution banning the slandering of religions.”- says Edward Hudgins of the
… it's most appropriate that they turn to the UN. This is a case of like attracting like. … The declaration of Arab and Muslim politicians should make clear -- as if it weren't clear already -- that we face not just the unruly mobs that are protesting the Mohammad cartoons but also the governments of most Arab and Islamic countries that would make censorship of whatever offends their prejudices a worldwide standard. Those who hold to the civilized principle that individuals should be free to do, say and live as they please as long as they don't initiate force against others must boldly exercise those freedoms in defense of freedom lest intimidation from those who oppose our freedoms further erode them.
Speaking of “boldly exercising those freedoms,” Yaron Brook and Onkar Ghate, of the Ayn Rand Institute, will be talking about (and boldly displaying) the Danish cartoons of Mohammad at
However, I still maintain that my position is the toughest no-nonsense stance on this issue. We are not just fighting for free speech; we are fighting for the truth and the freedom to speak the truth. As long as we ignore the content and merely focus on the process, we’ve conceded half the territory to the enemy.
PS. If you think intimidation, censorship, and the outright elimination of Islam’s critics is a recent phenomena, consider the original example that inspires this behavior: read James M. Arlandson’s article, “Muhammad’s Dead Poets Society” at The American Thinker.