Posted by Brad @ 2:19 pm on September 24th 2010

Muslims for Free Speech

One the most irritating things we hear about muslims from people who regularly apologize for bigotry against them is the question of apologies. Namely, muslims don’t do enough apologizing, refudiating, condemning, etc. etc. It’s irritating because I almost always get the impression that the speaker doesn’t know who, precisely, he’s talking about, or who, precisely, should be apologizing but has not (“You know…muslims”). It’s also irritating because I’m not usually certain what, exactly, they should be apologizing for (“You know…terrorism, and stuff.”). Nor is it clear to me what they would have to do to get that apology accepted (I suspect the answer is something along the lines of “stop being muslim”). And finally, it’s irritating because usually the speaker is just taking it as a given that muslims have NOT apologized, refudiated, or condemned – when, in fact, many, many, many have. The speaker usually just discounts this out of hand, and points out that they never see it on The TV or The Fox News, they only see flag burning and “celebrating 911”.

Really, it’s the sort of argument I always feel dumber for having engaged in. (similar, although on a much smaller scale: “Why doesn’t the Tea Party repudiate racism?”)

But, I do like to pass on those muslim apologies when I come across them. So hat tip to Reason for pointing to this impressive petition of North American Islamic leaders defending the rights of cartoonists and guys like Trey Parker and Matt Stone to speak how they wish. Just thought I’d pass it along.

We, the undersigned, unconditionally condemn any intimidation or threats of violence directed against any individual or group exercising the rights of freedom of religion and speech; even when that speech may be perceived as hurtful or reprehensible.

We are concerned and saddened by the recent wave of vitriolic anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiment that is being expressed across our nation.

We are even more concerned and saddened by threats that have been made against individual writers, cartoonists, and others by a minority of Muslims. We see these as a greater offense against Islam than any cartoon, Qur’an burning, or other speech could ever be deemed.

We affirm the right of free speech for Molly Norris, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and all others including ourselves.

1 Comment »

  1. Guilt by association is a despicable principle.

    Furthermore, I believe that the freedom of speech includes the freedom to abstain from speaking.

    Comment by mudded — 9/25/2010 @ 4:09 pm

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