Sounds of Silence

[Wall Street Journal ] Mark Dubowitz - In Vancouver, Canada's venerable Maclean's magazine awaits a hate-speech verdict from a human-rights tribunal for publishing a chapter from syndicated columnist Mark Steyn's best-selling book America Alone. The accusers charge the author and publisher with "Islamophobia" - an example of a growing campaign to use judicial power to silence critics of militant Islam. If Islamic leaders have it their way, writing op-eds criticizing Islamic radicalism, or speaking out against Muslim terrorists or, of course, publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, are soon to be considered criminal examples of racism. The writer is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2008-06-20 01:00:00

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