Freedom of Speech with Islamic Characteristics

The outpouring of rage over Islamic extremism in Europe has reignited the familiar critique of Islam as an intolerant faith whose adherents are inherently pre-modern and unable, or unwilling, to adopt or accept Western values.

Sadly, this “secularist” narrative has changed little, if at all, in the twenty-six years since the Rushdie Affair, when the author, Western governments, and the writer’s millions of supporters affirmed his absolute right to defame the Prophet Mohammad and thereby insult 1.6 billion Muslims in the novel The Satanic Verses.

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