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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Shameful Appeasement: Media in Europe are on the verge of adopting a voluntary code of conduct that. That’s because, according to EU justice commissioner Franco Frattini, there’s a problem balancing “two fundamental freedoms, the freedom of expression and the freedom of religion.”

What’s to balance? I can’t imagine any circumstance in which exercising freedom of press would infringe upon anyone’s ability to practice their religion freely. Certainly, making fun of a prophet does not prevent anyone from worshipping according to their personal preference. It would be an issue if Danish newspapers were forcing Muslims to draw cartoons of Mohammed, but as far as I know that has not yet been suggested.

This is just sad posturing by people too craven to stand up for a bedrock principle of a free society.

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