Censoring critics of religion

The Wall Street Journal has a story about a Dutch drawer of offensive cartoons, against interest groups such as religions, who has been arrested and may be prosecuted for violating a law preventing discrimination on the base of race and religion. Islamic sensibilities, as is often the case, appear to be at center stage.

I don’t know where this case will go. But I expect to see more throughout the Western world, and I think free speech absolutism in such matters will become less and less compelling to most people in such matters. The political incentive to be seen to be doing something about such offenses to public peace is too large.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15712687960643444659 Mastigando cinzas

    “The political incentive to “pretend” being a defender of religion motivates the hypocrites and two-faced public figures. It is thirsting for applause as elevated pragmatists. All of us know that Religion is VIOLENT to its core, cartoons or not. Islam has incinerated countries to uphold Allah’s holiness and most mercifulness. We will one day pass a fitting sentence to that cruel and insane most merciful desert god! Maybe with nuclear weapons, so that he is burnt beyond recognition. Oh, Allah, your day is coming! Unless you repent in sackcloth and ashes and DEPART from OUR planet. Please, go! Vanish!
    Julio. Johannesburg

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10778996187937943820 Taner Edis

    Mastigando Cinzas: “. . . nuclear weapons . . .”

    I see. And you call religion violent?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15712687960643444659 Mastigando cinzas

    Tongue-in-cheek, obviously… But, if there are some FOUR THOUSAND nuclear bombs stored around the Middle East, many belonging to the American Fundamentalist Republicans (tongue-in-cheek again), naturally some will be used in Armageddon. Who in his sanity will have the courage to press the red button? Christians will! It is at that instant that Allah and cousin Jehovah will be forever removed from that tormented area of the world.


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