Tom Paine, expatriate Englishman, blogged here about the death of liberty in Britain, but now blogs at lastditch.typepad.com
try having your religion abused, then say how u feel.
I am not such a self-pitying wreck as to seek the status of "victim". If Muslims in the West don't want to live by Western values, then there are plenty of backward, ignorant, unfree states in which they can live in a safe cocoon of censorship and anti-semitic propaganda. I say nothing of the protests in such countries. I only note the irony of the protests in England where two men are still facing charges for declaring Islam a "wicked, vicious religion". How can it be wrong to "incite religious hatred" but RIGHT for the Muslims carrying those banners to incite murder.Personally, I think both sides should be free to state their views. I agree with neither, but I defend their right to express themselves.Of course Muslims are welcome to stay in Britain. The only price we set for tolerating their views, is that they tolerate ours. That seems fair to me.
I should have felt more comfortable had this row broken out because some Danish newspaper had become embroiled in an intellectual argument about the validity of Islam. Then it would have been a straight forward "freedom of speech" issue. The cartoons looked like a mickey take to me and the later republishing, a two-finger gesture.On this occasion, moderate Muslims might have a legitimate grievance.
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