Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blogging at its best ...

... Updated and corrected: Nuggets of nonsense from Norway. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Translation: Rose is idealistic about freedom of expression, and believes in the civilizing effect of free debate, in which no person has a right to any special protection in open democracies, and appeals to the example of the USA, which only places restrictions on incitements to violence. In the book he pays little attention to the fact that almost no American media have republished the Jyllands-Posten's cartoons, something which amounts, for all practical purposes, to precisely the same self-censorship he started out to challenge.

I know of two papers that published one or more of the cartoons -- The Inquirer and the Trenton Times. That no other papers did is merely testimony to the selective pusillanimity of contemporary American official journalism, the sanctimony of which is matched only by its hypocrisy. No problem printing or defending slurs on Christians -- especially by "artists." Unlike some Muslims (please note the "some"), Christians are unlikely to respond to such slurs in a homicidal manner.

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