"Free speech", or Muslim bashing?
Regular readers will know that it is my opinion that those who have been quick to jump on the "free speech" bandwagon, in relation to those Mohammed cartoons are merely using the controversy to further their own twisted ends. I regularly read a number of blogs, including some written by rabid right wingers, and over the course of the last couple of years the right wingers rhetoric has become more and more hate filled and blatently inciteful. It is interesting to note some of the contradictions in their opinions on "free speech", as I have mentioned previously, and it appears some on the rabid right appear to believe that free speech should only apply when it suits them. I came accross this interesting article today, from the Christian Science Monitor, which takes a look at double standards in the so called "free speech" debate, and have to say it raises some very important issues, take a look:
"Most of Europe would not dare mock the Holocaust, and rightly so," says Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain. "Newspaper editors exercise good judgment every day when it comes to printing material so as not to cause offense, so why not on this occasion?" In a bid to redress grievances, the French Council of Muslims has said it is considering taking France Soir, which reprinted the cartoons, to court for provocation. Last year, the Catholic church won a court injunction to ban a fashion ad based on the Last Supper. The judge said the ad was "a gratuitous ... act of intrusion on people's innermost beliefs."
So, let's have a vote, do you believe that those claiming to be interested in "free speech" are really more interested in launching another attack on Muslims, in addition to their previous attacks?