The New Censorship

Barack Obama is complaining to the Department of Justice and threatening stations and networks with legal action to stop them from airing an independent ad that links him to domestic terrorism by way of his association with Bill Ayers. As Michelle Malkin points out, that doesn’t bode well for freedom of speech under an Obama administration. Obama calls the ad an “appalling lie.” But everything … Continue reading The New Censorship

Another Suicide Attempt

“Civilizations die by suicide, not by murder.” I’ve been thinking about Toynbee’s dictum over the past few days, recalling as well the title of Paul Johnson’s chapter on the sixties and seventies in Modern Times: “America’s Suicide Attempt.” I’ve been concerned for some time that we’re repeating the mistakes of the 1970s. I now think we’re embarking on another suicide attempt. Daniel Henninger writes of … Continue reading Another Suicide Attempt

Brigitte Bardot, Busted…

for writing a letter to a government official about matters of policy: In December 2006, Bardot wrote a letter to Sarkozy, then France’s Interior minister, to demand that Muslims anaesthesize their animals before slaughtering them. In her letter she said, referring to Muslims, that she is “fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing … Continue reading Brigitte Bardot, Busted…

Caroline Glick on the UN’s “Fear of Democracy”

Caroline Glick: The West stands by idly as its foundations are rent asunder. Last Friday the UN’s Human Rights Council took a direct swipe at freedom of expression. In a 32-0 vote, the council instructed its “expert on freedom of expression” to report to the council on all instances in which individuals “abuse” their freedom of speech by giving expression to racial or religious bias. … Continue reading Caroline Glick on the UN’s “Fear of Democracy”

Profiles in Cowardice

Thomas Landen describes the hypocrisy and cowardice of European elites faced with works of art criticizing or mocking religion: Depicting Jesus sodomizing his apostles is not considered to be a “degradation of religious symbols” in Austria, but referring to the historic fact that Muhammad married a six-year old girl is “incitement to racial hatred.” People are facing prosecution and jail terms even for citing accepted … Continue reading Profiles in Cowardice

“Bin Laden Wants My Blood”

Flemming Rose proposes that we answer Osama Bin Laden’s latest with defiance. What should the response of Europe be? More cartoons or less cartoons? What kind of civilization are we, after all, if we refrain from mocking and ridiculing bin Laden and his followers? In related news, the Bangladeshi cartoonist who drew a cartoon about a cat, was convicted and sentenced to a one-month jail … Continue reading “Bin Laden Wants My Blood”

Anti-Serbian Bigotry

Anti-Serbian hate speech from Stephen Schwartz. I defend his right to say it, as well as my right to denounce it as an exemplar of vile bigotry. Consider: Serbs …. revel in their bravery when it comes to murdering children and old people…. Serbs do not change. Serbs hate Muslims because Muslims wash before praying. Serbs are unafraid of dirt…. “Serbian statesmanship” – rioting, arson, … Continue reading Anti-Serbian Bigotry

Courage in Denmark

On Tuesday, three men were arrested for plotting to kill a cartoonist—the one who drew the cartoon of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, one of twelve published in a Danish newspaper that sparked widespread riots across the Muslim world in 2006. Yesterday, in an inspiring display of courage, seventeen Danish newspapers republished those cartoons to demonstrate their support for freedom of speech, showing … Continue reading Courage in Denmark