Thursday, February 14, 2008

Danes Grow a Pair

While reporting on the arrest of three people for plotting to kill the cartoonist who drew this caricature of Muhammad, Denmark's leading newspapers all reprinted the cartoon in a show of solidarity behind the right of free speech. Kudos to them for that, but one can't help but remember the worldwide chickening out demonstrated by themselves and nearly every other media outlet when it came to the same cartoon two years ago. Disguising their cowardice as a concern for the safety of their employees, no major newspaper or magazine would reprint the cartoon. Only the secular humanist Free Inquiry had the integrity to stand up to Islamic bullying and print every cartoon that had sent Muslims rioting in the streets. For their efforts, Borders book stores refused to carry the April-May 2006 issue of the magazine. One more reason not to shop at Borders. More details here.

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