‘Passionate’ Belief in Freedom of Speech and Multiplying Orthodoxies

Over at The Epoch Times, Theodore Dalrymple examines the latest example of politically-correct censorship from his native country’s publishing industry.

Nevertheless, for a non-Moslem, the respect Moslems express towards Mohammed appears very similar to worship. They seem, indeed, much more offended by detractors of Mohammed than by common-or-garden-variety atheists who deny the existence of God, and their insistence that Mohammed was an exemplar for all humanity to follow makes criticism of Mohammed a criticism of the religion itself. He has therefore to be defended tooth and nail, as if he were divine.

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