Yet another example of caving in to threats of violence from Islamic radicals:
Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked deadly protests among Muslims in several countries.
I’m beginning to think that many Americans don’t really believe in free speech, and we know that the rest of the world doesn’t care much about it. They believe in free speech as long as it’s convenient or as long as it doesn’t offend a protected group. There are people who want to destroy our right to speak out on anything that offends them and they are willing to kill and maim to make sure that happens. If our response to those threats is to shut down our own right to do so, then their goal is achieved without firing a shot. We simply can’t let that happen. Our freedom is too important and it cannot be negotiable.
The solution is not to refuse to publish the caricatures, it is to publish them everywhere so there’s no one to target. That’s why I published them here, with my full and real name exposed along with them. And I am appalled that a bookstore – a business that relies completely on the right to free expression for their very existence – would cave in and refuse to even stock a magazine that contains the caricatures.