Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Agreeing with STACLU

Okay, I bash them enough so let’s point out an agreement: I agree with JonJayRay when he says that the refusal of many newspapers to print this Opus cartoon out of fear of offending Muslims is beyond absurd. Editor and Publisher reports that at least 25 newspapers out of the 200 that run the cartoon, and possibly many more, won’t be running this one because they’re afraid of offending Muslims with it.

Berkeley Breathed’s Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 strips — which comprise sort of a two-part series — show the Lola Granola character wanting to become an Islamic radicalist (and wear traditional Muslim clothing) because it’s a “hot new fad on the planet.” Content also includes what Shearer described as “a sex joke a little stronger than we normally see.”

Wyson said some client papers hesitated to run a sex joke and others won’t publish any Muslim-related humor, whether pro or con. “They just don’t want to touch that,” she said.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: we absolutely should not be acquiescing to the insanity of the radical Muslims in cases like this. They seek nothing less than the destruction of all liberty to criticize their religion; the last thing we should be doing is voluntarily censoring ourselves. I’m not crazy about arguments that take the form of “if we do X, the terrorists will have won”, but what else is there to say other than that in such cases?

It’s as insane when it is justified by leftists on the basis of cultural relativism as it is when it’s justified by rightists like Dinest d’Souza on the basis of his own moral crusades. I say no. We will not, cannot, give up any measure of our liberty to appease violent thugs, not now, not ever. If your religion says that it’s okay to kill those who criticize that religion, then your religion needs a lot more criticism, not less.