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.
The widely made claim that hate speech against the Jews was a primary factor of the Holocaust has no empirical support.
In a society of increasing diversity, criminalizing speech that defames religions would put us on the road to a tyranny of silence.
It’s important to defend the free society against the fear society. It’s also crucial to stand for the values of secular democracy.
Taking offence has never been easier, or indeed more popular: many have developed sensitivity so exquisite that it has become excessive.
Portraying the Christian God armed with a bomb does not mean you think that all Christians are drunkards or terrorists.
Freedom and tolerance are two sides of the same coin, and both are under pressure. We all need to develop thicker skin.
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