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The Mo the Merrier

My weekend column touches in part on Comedy Central caving in to Islamic intimidation.On CNN, Ayaan Hirsi Ali said:

If the entertainment business were to take this on and show how ridiculous this is, there’ll be too many people to threaten. And at that time I won’t need protection and the gentlemen from South Park won’t need protection.

I made a similar point at the time of the Danish Mohammed cartoons:

The minute there were multimillion-dollar bounties on those cartoonists’ heads, The Times of London and Le Monde and The Washington Post and all the rest should have said “this Thursday we’re all publishing all the cartoons. If you want to put bounties on all our heads, you better have a great credit line at the Bank of Jihad. If you want to kill us, you’ll have to kill us all.

Despite being an industry that endlessly congratulates itself on its “courage”, the press failed that test. Whether the showbiz set will prove any stiffer-spined remains to be seen. However:

Her point . . . was that only by sharing the risk of retaliation for blasphemy can the public help protect her, Parker, Stone and other insolent infidels. If each threat produces more blasphemers than it silences, then threats suddenly become counterproductive. Or at least, they do to rational minds. (A flaw in the theory?)

Hence, the first annual “Everybody Draw Mohammad” Day.

UPDATE: Just to underline the point, Kurt Westergaard has been involuntarily retired by his newspaper for “security reasons“. So angry Muslims barely need to lift the ol’ scimitar anymore. Just threatening to kill you will get your boss to end your career.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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