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Banning always backfires

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Submitted by Claire (United States), Sep 11, 2007 at 20:21

Banning never works. It ignites passion in those who have come to believe something and it brings out the meanness in others. Better to not accept Islamic intimidation and unleash thousands or millions of cartoons that would be considered blasphemy by Islamic extremists, but are completely proper in countries with freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Muslim countries ban or restrict other religions and use harm and death to enforce it. But the pen truly is mightier than the sword. Overwhelm them with satirical pictures of Mohammed and Koranic people and stories, but also offer them freedom to use satire and words freely. And always keep a gun handy in case some of the more virulent Muslim extremists decide you're such an obvious infidel that you need to be removed from the earth.

Women should be especially cautious. I encourage all women who dress in Western clothing where they may come into contact with Muslim extremists to carry a concealed gun and know how to use it. They are using rape to intimidate women, and it's important for free women to begin to fight back.

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