A few weeks ago I wrote about an absolutely terrible article in Slate about the Muslim riots over a shitty film. In particular, I was miffed at Eric Posner for suggesting that the solution is to abdicate our right to free speech to appease a handful of psychos.
Now, thankfully, William Saletan has a piece in Slate that gets it right.
Dear Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews,
You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it.
If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen again and again. A couple of idiots with a video camera and an Internet connection will trigger riots across the globe. They’ll bait you into killing one another.
I really don’t get how, in response to these riots, our message can be anything other than “Yup, that guy was an asshole, but it doesn’t give you the right to kill people.”