Monday, September 16, 2002

Where Are the Civil Libertarians?

I see that a French author is being sued for making nasty remarks about Islam. The charge is "making a racial insult and inciting religious hatred." And what hateful thing did he say? He called Islam "the dumbest religion."

Now, this isn't a way to win friends and influence people, especially in France, the European country that I think is going to be the first to adopt sharia for their legal code. (Wow, imagine the Eiffel Tower as the world's tallest muzzein platform.) But to make this something that the courts can hassle you about? College speech codes on a national basis! Oh joy.

If the charge were insulting Christianity or Judaism, I would expect the liberals to be defending this guy loudly. But Islam seems to have a special place for the left right now, rather the way that any black man charged with a crime in the 1960s became a political prisoner in certain ideology-addled brains.

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