Just as the controversy over the Danish newspaper cartoons of Muhammad seems to be waning overseas, it’s heating up here. The first newspaper I ever wrote for, the Daily Illini at the
Unfortunately, Acton Gorton, 25, the suspended editor-in-chief (who may h
No, Mr. Gordon, you didn’t educate people about Islam and you didn’t intend to. Your purpose was (or should h
The real wimp is University Chancellor Richard Herman, who sent a letter to the D.I. that read in part, "I believe that the D.I. could h
Really? Dollars to doughnuts Herman wouldn’t h
More importantly, you don’t make a point about exercising free speech by allowing yourself to be intimidated into not exercising free speech. And while public health officials warn us we don’t get nearly enough exercise, the one thing Americans exercise more than anybody is free expression.
Some Muslims have rightly accused European countries of hypocrisy because they allowed the cartoons but have laws against denying the Holocaust in print. But over here being offensive is 100% legal and thank heaven for it, because the alternative is somebody deciding what is and isn’t.
Ah, but portraying Muhammad goes beyond insulting; it’s utter blasphemy to Muslims, right? So say numerous news stories. But not only should blasphemy still be protected speech, the very assertion is wrong. Depictions of Muhammad are forbidden by neither the Koran nor Islamic law. The Muslim art world overflows with prophet portraits. You’ll find a huge collection at the website www.zombietime.com.
So we’re left with why Shaz Kaiseruddin, a third-year law student at the
Sorry Miss, but when you move to or even visit a new land you agree that you (and if you stay) your progeny will abide by its laws and customs. Here you h
But depending on where you or your family came from, you could h
That’s not to say: “
Miss Kaiseruddin has the right to try to convince us her position on depictions of Muhammad is correct, indeed she expressed that position in the nation’s most prominent newspaper, regarding an occurrence in one of America’s least prominent newspapers. She’s exercising her free speech rights, even as she would deny them to others.
Oh, and then there’s the view of Reem Rahman of the UI Council on American-Islamic Relations. She told the local paper that her fellow Muslim students "absolutely respect" the right of free speech, but not when it deliberately disparages an ethnic or religious group. Look up the meaning of “absolute” in two dictionaries, Miss Rahman, and call me in the morning.
Below are the cartoons published in Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten. Click each image to enlarge.