EDITORIAL: Punished for the crime of satire

May 1, 2008

Las Vegas Review-Journal

What do Colorado College administrators have in common with Islamic radicals? Besides having absolutely no sense of humor, they share the insane opinion that any satirization of their sensibilities constitutes an act of violence.

Recall the international furor created more than two years ago when a Danish newspaper published a dozen cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. An exercise in free speech spawned waves of deadly protests around the world and calls from leaders of Muslim theocracies to prosecute the editors and artists involved. When dumbfounded Europeans tried to explain that free expression is a core Western liberty that makes the observation of even the most intolerant faiths possible, the Islamic world defended its overreaction by claiming that speech which offends them amounts to violence...

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