Portraying the Christian God armed with a bomb does not mean you think that all Christians are drunkards or terrorists.
Taking offence has never been easier, or indeed more popular: many have developed sensitivity so exquisite that it has become excessive.
In a society of increasing diversity, criminalizing speech that defames religions would put us on the road to a tyranny of silence.
The Cartoon Crisis, as it came to be known, spiraled into a violent fiasco as Muslims around the world erupted in protest of the images.
Leading Nazis, such as Joseph Goebbels and Theodor Fritsch were all prosecuted by the Weimar Republic for their anti-Semitic speech.
Europe must shed the straitjacket of political correctness, which makes it impossible to criticize minorities for anything.
It’s important to defend the free society against the fear society. It’s also crucial to stand for the values of secular democracy.
We need a serious debate about free speech in a globalized world in order to avoid ad hoc, short-term decisions to calm emotions.
Where do European leaders really stand on the right to offend? For without that, there is no such thing as free speech.
In Hirsi Ali’s view, we need more depictions of Muhammad, including an Islamic version of Monty Python’s Jesus comedy, The Life of Brian.
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