Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Free Expression?

How apt that the Muslim cartoon fiasco has coincided with the decision today in London to sentence a Muslim cleric to seven years for soliciting murder. Now, certain Muslims will find a double standard here, and I'm not sure they're wrong. Then again, the right to free expression the way I see it -- take it or leave it -- is to channel rage, hatred, animosity as well as other more benign tendencies into debate and contestation and away from violence. Abu Hamza Masri violated this tendency when he called on his followers to kill the unbelievers.

Still, I'm uncomfortable with someone going to prison, however vile, for speaking words.