Saturday, February 04, 2006

Vatican sides with Muslim censorship

With Muslims torching the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus today (under the watchful eye of their dictatorship), I found it interesting to see what side the Vatican came out for. According to the AP:

The Vatican deplored the violence but said certain provocative forms of criticism were unacceptable.

"The right to freedom of thought and expression ... cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers," the Vatican said in its first statement on the controversy.
Edward Cline is absolutely right: the advocates of faith are attempting to squelch criticism of their creeds in the name of "not offending" believers. Don't expect much outcry from the secular world though. The same article quotes German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

[A]ngela Merkel said she understood Muslims were hurt — though that did not justify violence.

"Freedom of the press is one of the great assets as a component of democracy, but we also have the value and asset of freedom of religion," Merkel told an international security conference in Munich, Germany.
Whose religious freedom is being impugned? The Muslims? To what--shove their prophet down the throats of the world?

Every time you look, this story gets worse and worse. Developing . . .

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