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My Dagestani Brother’s Keeper



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If you’re anywhere near Massachusetts tonight, that’s the title of my talk in Stoughton at the Ahavath Torah Congregation, the big synagogue on Central Street. It’s an easy drive from Boston, Rhode Island, and not that far from Labrador, come to think of it. If you’re an NR reader, I’d love to see you there.

I’d also add that Rabbi Hausman is a good friend of free speech at a time when we could use a few more. In this country as in others, “free speech” is decaying into ever more narrowly defined “approved speech.” I see that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury who came out in favor of accommodating sharia law five years ago, is launching a new book today on Islam And English Law, whose blurb promises to address the question:

Should freedom of speech be restrained to protect Muslims’ sensibilities?

Whatever his book concludes, the fact that we’re willing to entertain discussing the question is itself a concession. In America, meanwhile, someone called Bill Killian, an utterly disgraceful man entirely unfit for his job, which happens to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, is going around warning supposedly freeborn citizens that he and his local FBI enforcers aren’t going to put up with “anti-Muslim” speech, no matter what the First Amendment says.

So I’m grateful that in one corner of Massachusetts vigorous and honest discussion still goes. For more details on this evening’s event, see here.



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