The Cost of Free Speech
A Truly Bad Policy

An Offensive Incident

Daily Times via Ezra Levant:

Pakistan will ask the European Union countries to amend laws regarding freedom of expression in order to prevent offensive incidents such as the printing of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the production of an anti-Islam film by a Dutch legislator, sources in the Interior Ministry told Daily Times on Saturday.

What I wrote two years ago:

It is vitally important that the West not put Islam or any other religion off-limits to critical analysis. For only in the West can a person safely write that the obliteration of a Jewish tribe, the taking of sex-slaves, and the confiscation of non-Muslim property is something not to be celebrated and emulated.

I wouldn't bet on the EU to hold.

Ezra Levant points out the asininity:

My favourite part of the story is the last two sentences. They fit together perfectly, almost like a Shakespearian rhyming couplet.

Here they are:

They said that the delegation would also tell the EU that if such acts against Islam are not controlled, more attacks on the EU diplomatic missions abroad could not be ruled out.

Sources said that the delegation would also hold discussions on inter-religious harmony during its meetings with the EU leaders.

So tastefully thuggish.



What's amusing is that the EU would become a quasi-theocracy if it did this because it would be officially establishing Islam as a truth that cannot be questioned. Doing that is tantamount to a backhanded way of calling it the official religion.

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