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Monday, February 06, 2006

Cartoon Character

William Buckley questions the power of the Muslim community to force editors around the world to fire cartoonists who produced "offensive" depictions of Muhammad. While more "offensive" depictions of Christ or Judaism have gone unpunished (though criticized) in the past, the journalism power-brokers are handling Islamic responses with censorious kid gloves.

Buckley's answer is:

What we have seen is an intimation of the strength of a mobilized Muslim community. And this is early on, in the great narrative of the growth of Muslim power in Europe, where national suicide is reflected in the birth rates of Italian, German, French and British non-Muslims (to call them Christians would be wholesale co-optation). These societies seem to be willing themselves to go out of existence, as the birth rate falls below the replacement rate.

Reminds me of Mark Steyn's column a few weeks back about the Euro demographics. BTW, Steyn comments on the week-kneed Western response to Islamic offense:

Very few societies are genuinely multicultural. Most are bicultural: On the one hand, there are folks who are black, white, gay, straight, pre-op transsexual, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, worshippers of global-warming doom-mongers, and they rub along as best they can. And on the other hand are folks who do not accept the give-and-take, the rough-and-tumble of a "diverse" "tolerant" society, and, when one gently raises the matter of their intolerance, they threaten to kill you, which makes the question somewhat moot.

One day the British foreign secretary will wake up and discover that, in practice, there's very little difference between living under Exquisitely Refined Multicultural Sensitivity and Sharia. As a famously sensitive Dane once put it, "To be or not to be, that is the question."

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