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never compromise with Islamists about freedom of speech

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Sep 21, 2012 at 17:16

The only solution to Islamist intimidation and Muslim hypersensitivity is for the West to refuse to compromise at all in regard to defending its own freedom of expression. Attempts to appease the Islamists and other Muslim reactionaries will only encourage them to resort to more violence and intimidation, not to mention convince them that we are too weak and decadent to fight to defend our own civilizational values (as Western elites continually demonstrate).

Hence every newspaper in the West should reprint the cartoons published by Jyllands-Post and Charlie-Hebdo, and Western political leaders should stand up to defend the right to publish them instead of cowering and apologizing to religious fanatics who can never be appeased anyway. It's silly to blame cartoonists, satirists, and critics of Islam for being responsible for murderous Muslim rage, as if the Muslims involved in these barbarous and atrocious acts of violence were children incapable of moral agency. If Muslims can't accept criticism or jokes, that's their problem.

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