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It is not the exercise of free speech that stirs the riots; it is the exercise of Sharia

Reader comment on item: Post-Mortem on the Muhammad Protests
in response to reader comment: Free speech or a duty to insult?

Submitted by Ellyn Taylor (United States), Oct 2, 2012 at 19:58

When we think this way, we get things backwards: "the apparent determination by some in the West to insult the Prophet Mohammad is deplorable. Have they no thought for the victims of the riots they will probably stir?

Thinking this way puts the onus on the wrong party. The onus belongs on the perpetrator of the crime, and the crime is murder. The perpetrator is not the person exercising free speech in his own Western land according to his own Western laws. The perpetrators are the issuers of the FATWAS and those who carry them out in foreign lands, usurping for themselves the right to rule the entire world according to their own country's laws. This is Islamist imperialism.

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