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

Pigs Fly!

And George McGovern has discovered the value of liberty and the limitations of government. Since leaving office I’ve written about public policy from a new perspective: outside looking in. I’ve come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society. Why do we think we are helping adult consumers by taking away their options? We … Continue reading Pigs Fly!

The Future of Free Speech

Mark Tapscott (HT: Instapundit): I don’t see how McCain could avoid being a vigorous supporter of proposals to expand the regulatory reach and severity of campaign finance law. Otherwise, it will take the Democrats about 10 seconds to accuse McCain of flip-flopping, or worse, if he doesn’t aggressively support their certain efforts to expand the FEC’s budget, staff and regulatory authority. The inevitable result will … Continue reading The Future of Free Speech

Naming the Enemy

George Weigel names the enemy, and asks why so many are so unwilling to do the same: That is what we are fighting: jihadism, the religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is every Muslim’s duty to use any means necessary to compel the world’s submission to Islam. That most of the world’s Muslims do not accept this definition of the demands of their faith … Continue reading Naming the Enemy

Criticizing Islamic Radicalism…

…gets you an arrest warrant in the United Kingdom, home of the Magna Carta, and gets you fired from the Pentagon—while both are at war with it! Can you imagine, in the midst of World War II, the Churchill government putting out arrest warrants for anyone who spoke out against Nazism, and the Roosevelt War Department firing people who were critical of Hitler? I can’t … Continue reading Criticizing Islamic Radicalism…

Reason at the MLA

Hat tip to Instapundit, who entitles his post “Cats and Dogs Living Together”: Moderates have been spotted at the meetings of the Modern Language Association, which rejected resolutions against Israel and for Ward Churchill in favor of ones expressing support for academic freedom. I especially admire these remarks, from someone who opposed even the more moderate resolutions as showing too much sympathy with the indefensible: … Continue reading Reason at the MLA