We Are All Danes Now

(Boston Globe) Jeff Jacoby - The current uproar over cartoons of Mohammad illustrates yet again the fascist intolerance that is at the heart of radical Islam. That anything so mild could trigger a reaction so crazed - riots, death threats, kidnappings, flag-burnings - speaks volumes about the chasm that separates the values of the civilized world from those in too much of the Islamic world. Freedom of the press, the marketplace of ideas, the right to skewer sacred cows: militant Islam knows none of this. And if the jihadis get their way, it will be swept aside everywhere by the censorship and intolerance of sharia. The freedom of speech we take for granted is under attack, and it will vanish if it is not bravely defended. Today the censors may be coming for some unfunny cartoons, but tomorrow it is your words and ideas they will silence. Like it or not, we are all Danes now.

2006-02-06 00:00:00

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