Freedom of speech

At some point, the Muslim communities in Europe will have to figure out where they stand on the issue of basic civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The attacks on the Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten following their publication of a dozen cartoons are simply unacceptable.

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Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten’s cultural editor, is quoted in the New York Times as saying:

“This is a far bigger story than just the question of 12 cartoons in a small Danish newspaper.

“This is about the question of integration and how compatible is the religion of Islam with a modern secular society — how much does an immigrant have to give up and how much does the receiving culture have to compromise.”

And it doesn’t stop at publishing cartoons. It can be writing a book or making a movie. Or “living like a German woman,” for that matter (Die Zeit: “Wie eine Deutsche”, in German, on the murder of Hatun Sürücü).

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