Thursday, February 09, 2006

Religions need more, not fewer, insults

Anatole Kaletsky is not too impressed by the European apologists who think the Danish cartoons should not have been published:

Why should religions be entitled to legal protection from “insults” and “attacks”? Would anyone suggest that communists and fascists or, for that matter, Tories and social democrats, should be protected from insults? Yet the first two of these movements were all-embracing secular religions and their believers, who numbered in the hundreds of millions, believed in them every bit as passionately as Christians, Jews and Muslims believe in their religions.

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