Sunday, February 05, 2006

No Retreat

The Mohammed Cartoons
Western governments have nothing to apologize for.

Paul Marshall

...Finally, amid current calls for "toleration" and "respect for belief," we need to be very clear about the distinction between religious toleration and religious freedom.

Religious toleration means not insulting somebody else's religion, and it is a good thing. But religious freedom means being free to reject somebody else's religion and even to insult it. Government should want and encourage its citizens to be tolerant of one another, but its primary responsibility is to protect its citizens' rights and freedoms. The fact that people are sometimes insulted is one cost of freedom. The Jyllands-Posten affair calls us to uphold that principle internationally as well as domestically. - More @ Weekly Standard

This is the best thing that could have happened in Europe. The politicians there have been like jellyfish in dealing with their internal immigration problems. The French were paralyzed by the rampage of muslim youth last fall. Other governments there are just as hesitant to deal with their impending destruction.
Terrorist attacks in Europe are more likely now and will speed up the arrest and deportation of those who hold these extremist views.

The demonstrators in London are already toning down the rhetoric on their signs. They know that their true intentions must be hidden, after all islam is the religion of peace right?


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