Argument: Western free-speech culture must be upheld over models of Muslim censorship

Issue Report: Muhammad cartoons controversy

Supporting quotes

  • Daniel Pipes. “We are all Danes now”. The Jerusalem Post. Feb 7, 2006 – “The key issue at stake in the battle over the 12 Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad is this: Will the West stand up for its customs and mores, including freedom of speech, or will Muslims impose their way of life on the West? Ultimately, there is no compromise; Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.
[…]The deeper issue here, however, is not Muslim hypocrisy but Islamic supremacism. Flemming Rose, the Danish editor who published the cartoons, explains that if Muslims insist ‘that I, as a non-Muslim, should submit to their taboos… they’re asking for my submission.’
[…]Precisely. Robert Spencer rightly calls on the free world to stand ‘resolutely with Denmark.’ The informative Brussels Journal asserts: ‘We are all Danes now.'”
  • Bomb in Turban artist. “The Author of the Bomb”. February 27th, 2006 – “If a religion deteriorates into religious Fascism, we are facing totalitarian tendencies, like we used to have Fascism and Nazism. It’s the same situation, where people have to bend their heads and do what the regimen wants. I think we must oppose this – and an artists weapon is this here pen or pencil, and a certain indignation.”