In a week of fierce competition, listen to mockney BBC person Stewart Lee
(of Jerry Springer
fame/notoriety) on the Today programme yesterday, explaining (RealAudio) why "Christian iconography is up for grabs" but how Islam is off limits.
Some great editorials yesterday too.Indie
- "there is an important distinction to be made between having a right and choosing to exercise it."
Translation - abusing "our" religion is OK, abusing "theirs" - well ...Guardian
- " It is one thing to assert the right to publish an image of the prophet. But it is another thing to put that right to the test, especially when to do so inevitably causes offence to many Muslims "
Translation as above ...Telegraph
- "Our restraint is in keeping with British values of tolerance and respect for the feelings of others. However, we are equally in no doubt that a small minority of Muslims would be offended by such a publication to an extent where they would threaten, and perhaps even use, violence. "
Translation - we don't want to be attacked.Times
- "To move from there to holding ministers responsible for the editorial decisions of a free press in their nations, to urge that all products from a country be ostracised or, worst still, to engage in violence against people or property is to leave the field of legitimate complaint and enter one of censorship enforced under threat of intimidation. That free speech is misunderstood in much of the Islamic realm shows how much progress has yet to be made."
Translation - as above.