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Submitted by William Zame (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 14:24

I seldom agree with ... Daniel Pipes... but on this matter he is absolutely correct (and he even agrees with The New Republic). This is a clash of civilizations: one which believes in freedom and one which does not. There can be no compromise; either we retain our right to speech, even insulting and offensive speech, or we cease to be a free society.

It is claimed that Islam is a tolerant and peaceful religion -- but actions speak louder than words. The actions we have seen in the last week -- not just demonstrations, but official government support of those demonstrations -- suggest exactly the opposite. Of course, this should come as no surprise, given the constant flow of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, anti-US, anti-West lies published in state-controlled media in Islamic countries.
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