Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Yale Press Decision Not to Publish the Cartoons of Muhammad

11/18/2009—The November/December issue of Yale Alumni Magazine contains a depressing reminder of the decision of the Yale University Press to publish the book, The Cartoons That Shook the World by Jytte Klausen, without the cartoons.

On one level, the decision to publish the book in the first place seems a cynical play for publicity, sales and good will in the Muslim world. If the Press was worried about fallout from publishing the cartoons, the obvious thing to do was to allow some other press to publish the work with its integrity intact. The Press now gets to have it both ways.

On another level, the decision not to include the cartoons is pure cowardice. It is certainly possible that publishing the book with the cartoons would have led to violent demonstrations, even deaths. But not doing so is a particularly dramatic example of what is known in First Amendment Law as the Heckler’s Veto. The law tries not insist that the speaker modify the message in the face of even a violent response.

People have died in the past to defend freedom of speech and of the press. We used to believe that was worth doing.

The action of the Yale Press is particularly offensive to people like me, who find value in Our Religions. The Yale Press is giving in to the worst tendencies of religion, which will only perpetuate these tendencies. We cannot reform the fundamentalist views of others, but we don’t have to give in to them.

28 comments:

  1. Dear Author www.hallowedsecularism.org !
    It agree, very useful piece

    ReplyDelete
  2. I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
    And you et an account on Twitter?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Vollkommen levitra kaufen viagra online rezeptfrei [url=http//t7-isis.org]levitra vs viagra[/url]

    ReplyDelete
  4. install a good anti virus and run it in safe mode [url=http://gordoarsnaui.com]santoramaa[/url]

    ReplyDelete
  5. I want to thank the blogger very much not only for this post but also for his all previous efforts. I found www.hallowedsecularism.org to be greatly interesting. I will be coming back to www.hallowedsecularism.org for more information.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Restaurants in the United States. Search or browse list of restaurants.

    ReplyDelete
  7. http://insuranceinstates.com/texas/Dallas/Tricon%20Insurance%20Group/75206/

    ReplyDelete
  8. This site is the preferred web site. . Cheers Glenn Prolonoff!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love www.hallowedsecularism.org! Here I always find a lot of helpful information for myself. Thanks you for your work.
    Webmaster of http://loveepicentre.com and http://movieszone.eu
    Best regards

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a great web log. I spend hours on the net reading blogs, about tons of various subjects. I have to first of all give praise to whoever created your theme and second of all to you for writing what i can only describe as an fabulous article. I honestly believe there is a skill to writing articles that only very few posses and honestly you got it. The combining of demonstrative and upper-class content is by all odds super rare with the astronomic amount of blogs on the cyberspace.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm really Glad i came across this blog.Added www.hallowedsecularism.org to my bookmark!

    ReplyDelete
  12. unlock iphone 4
    how to unlock iphone 4


    unlock iphone 4 unlock iphone 4 unlock iphone 4
    how to unlock iphone 4

    unlock iphone 4 how to unlock iphone 4 [url=http://theunlockiphone4.com]how to unlock iphone 4 [/url] unlock iphone 4

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I
    came to look it over. I'm definitely enjoying the information. I'm book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

    Excellent blog and excellent design.
    Also visit my web page ; モンクレール ダウン

    ReplyDelete
  14. I could not resist commenting. Well written!
    My site ; http://www.topuggbootjp.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Be sure you will be placing the appropriate quantity of water in your coffee maker. If you do not put sufficient water in, the coffee will probably be as well robust. Within the other hand, if you place too much water in it, your coffee will probably be watered down. Generally, a very good rule of thumb would be to place two cups of water in for every cup of coffee you happen to be producing. Use a French press to brew coffee that has a wealthy, robust flavor. The paper filters inside a drip-style coffee maker absorb the flavorful oils in coffee. A French press, around the other hand affordable coffee machines , consists of a plunger that pushes the coarsely ground beans for the bottom on the carafe. The oils stay within the brew, lending a richer flavor.

    Make certain you happen to be placing the correct quantity of water inside your coffee maker. For those who usually do not place sufficient water in, the coffee will be as well sturdy. To the other hand, should you put too much water in it, your coffee will be watered down. Normally, a fantastic rule of thumb will be to place two cups of water in for each and every cup of coffee you happen to be producing. Use a French press to brew coffee that has a rich, robust flavor. The paper filters inside a drip-style coffee maker absorb the flavorful oils in coffee. A French press, within the other hand affordable coffee makers , contains a plunger that pushes the coarsely ground beans towards the bottom from the carafe. The oils stay in the brew, lending a richer flavor.

    http://coffeemakers101.webs.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. [url=http://buygenericonlineviagrashop.com/#16730]generic viagra[/url] - buy cheap viagra , http://buygenericonlineviagrashop.com/#21144 buy cheap viagra

    ReplyDelete
  17. [url=http://buyviagrapremiumpharmacy.com/#baerz]buy cheap viagra[/url] - generic viagra , http://buyviagrapremiumpharmacy.com/#dufrb buy viagra

    ReplyDelete
  18. [url=http://buycialispremiumpharmacy.com/#zquub]buy cheap cialis[/url] - cialis online , http://buycialispremiumpharmacy.com/#srdyc buy cialis online

    ReplyDelete
  19. [url=http://buycialispremiumpharmacy.com/#mkwhh]cialis online[/url] - buy cheap cialis , http://buycialispremiumpharmacy.com/#mjjjk buy cialis

    ReplyDelete
  20. [url=http://buyviagrapremiumpharmacy.com/#msfor]buy viagra[/url] - viagra online , http://buyviagrapremiumpharmacy.com/#uaxje buy viagra online

    ReplyDelete
  21. [url=http://buyonlineaccutanenow.com/#sucjo]accutane 20 mg[/url] - accutane 20 mg , http://buyonlineaccutanenow.com/#sviuy accutane online without prescription

    ReplyDelete
  22. [url=http://viagraboutiqueone.com/#srurs]viagra 100 mg[/url] - cheap viagra online , http://viagraboutiqueone.com/#nxiff order viagra

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi, ativan online - buy ativan online http://www.onlinepharmdiscount.com/ativan/, [url=http://www.onlinepharmdiscount.com/ativan/]buy lorazepam [/url]

    ReplyDelete
  24. Hi, accutane online - generic accutane online http://www.twincitiescheap.com/, [url=http://www.twincitiescheap.com/]buy generic accutane [/url]

    ReplyDelete
  25. Li, neurontin sale - buy gabapentin online http://www.neurontinonlineprice.net/, [url=http://www.neurontinonlineprice.net/]neurontin sale[/url]

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi, propecia pills - buy propecia http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com/propecia.html, [url=http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com/propecia.html]finasteride without prescription[/url]

    ReplyDelete
  27. 4, Cheap Accutane - isotretinoin pills http://www.benefitsofisotretinoin.net/, [url=http://www.benefitsofisotretinoin.net/]Isotretinoin No Prescription[/url]

    ReplyDelete