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So, what do we do?

Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: Cartoon Rage or a Collective pressure tactic against Non-Muslims?

Submitted by Victor Purinton (United States), Feb 16, 2006 at 22:20

I agree that we are seeing collective pressure. The violence not only says "we're insulted and angry" (something they're entitled to say), but it also says "you can't do that any more" (something they're not entitled to say).

So, what do we do?

I say, have a big press conference. Here's President Bush, there's Tony Blair, there's Chirac, there's a lot of other leaders from secular nations, and there are lots of microphones and cameras.

I'll have Tony speak for the group, since the Brits always talk so darn well:

"My dear friends around the world. We are here to clarify that we are secular nations, and that we intend to remain secular nations. In our countries, citizens of all faiths are free to practice those faiths and express their religious sentiments as they wish, consistent with our laws.

Our secular laws are the only laws that will ever be enforced by the state, and it is illegal for anyone to attempt to enforce laws drawn from other than the laws of the state. Citizens whose conscience does not allow them to live under such a system are free to find a country whose legal system is more consistent with their beliefs.

This position will never be compromised. Thank you, and have a pleasant day."

Why do we not hear this? After all, it's true, and it serves no purpose to delay this declaration.

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