Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.
Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.
Islamic law forbids criticism of Islam, Quran, Muhammad. If they cannot be criticized in the US, we are in effect accepting Islamic law as overriding the freedom of speech. This would establish Muslims as a protected class and prevent honest discussion of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism.
The Muhammad cartoons are a flash point in the discussion about free speech because according to Islamic law they are blasphemy, punishable by death. Many have been killed over them. At issue is whether we will protect those who draw them and exhibit them, and thereby protect free speech and free society, or censor ourselves and others over them, thereby in effect adopting Sharia.
13. Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French. The boycott cannot compensate the wrongs committed by the French all these years.https://t.co/ysZeXDrQ09
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) October 29, 2020
Malaysia PM: Muslims have right to ‘kill millions of French people’
By: Lia Eustachewich, N. Y. Post, October 29, 2020
The prime minister of Malaysia said Muslims have “a right to be angry and kill millions of French people” just hours after an attacker yelling “Allahu akbar!” beheaded one woman and killed two others in a church in France.
The incendiary comments were part of a tweetstorm from Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who railed against Western culture and French President Emmanuel Macron for refusing to denounce the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that have sparked three attacks in two months in France.
Macron has also vowed to fight “Islamist separatism” in the wake of the beheading of school teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb on Oct. 16.
“Macron is not showing that he is civilized. He is very primitive in blaming the religion of Islam and Muslims for the killing of the insulting school teacher. It is not in keeping with the teachings of Islam,” Mohamad tweeted.
“But irrespective of the religion professed, angry people kill. The French in the course of their history has killed millions of people. Many were Muslims.
“Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”
Mohamad also said “the West” shouldn’t impose its views and values on others.
“To do so is to deprive the freedom of these people,” he wrote.
Malaysia is home to more than 32 million people, 61 percent of whom practice Islam.
Mohamad’s comments come after the third attack France has seen in two months, which left three people dead at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice. The alleged knife-wielding attacker is in police custody.
Mayor Christian Estrosi called the assailant a “terrorist” who shouted “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great” — repeatedly as police arrested him.
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