Friday, February 10, 2006

So, the Prophet Mohammed walks into a bar …

Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, the noted wit, expert on freedom, and unelected religious leader—the leader who counts—of Iran, observed the other day that in the West, "casting doubt or negating the genocide of the Jews is banned but insulting the beliefs of 1.5 billion Muslims is allowed." He apparently thought this was a devastating point. Touché, Ayatollah Khamanei.

Really good article by Michael Kinsley here.

Christopher Hitchens also covered this issue

And civil society means that free expression trumps the emotions of anyone to whom free expression might be inconvenient. It is depressing to have to restate these obvious precepts, and it is positively outrageous that the administration should have discarded them at the very first sign of a fight.

1 comment:

Scott in Washington said...

Nobody wants to comment because we don't want our embassies to get burned down.