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Freedom of Speech, Islamist Style

Comment: In a sadly characteristic surrender of freedom of speech rights, the Western critical establishment remains dutifully silent over attempts to impose Islamic standards of censorship on Western society.

The compulsively irreverent South Park comedy program had to bow to Islamist desires in airing an altogether tepid portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.

“‘South Park’ Episode Is Altered After Muslim Group’s Warning by David Itzkoff; New York Times; 4/22/2010.

An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad was shown Wednesday night on Comedy Central with audio bleeps and image blocks reading “CENSORED” after a Muslim group warned the show’s creators that they could face violence for depicting that holy Islamic prophet. Revolution Muslim, a group based in New York, wrote on its Web site that the “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh” for an episode shown last week in which a character said to be the Prophet Muhammad was seen wearing a bear costume. Mr. Van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam in 2004 after making a film that discussed the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies.

The new episode of “South Park” on Wednesday night tried to revisit this character, but with the name and depiction of the character blocked out. It was unclear how much of the bleeping was Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker’s decision. . . .


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