West Cannot Let Itself Be Muzzled by Fear of Offending Muslims

Reuters, September 20, 2012

The Danish cartoonist who outraged Muslims with a drawing of the Prophet Mohammad seven years ago has said the West cannot let itself be muzzled by fear of offending Islamic sensibilities.

Kurt Westergaard, whose lampoon of Mohammad in the Jyllands-Posten paper nearly got him killed by an axe-wielding assassin in 2010, told Austrian magazine News he had no regrets about his work and said freedom of speech was too precious to relinquish.

“Should we in future let ourselves be censored by Islamic authorities in deeply undemocratic countries? Should they be allowed to tell the German chancellor in future whom she should honour and whom not? Are we really this far along?” he asked, referring to Angela Merkel’s citation of his work.


Westergaard, 77, said he still lives in constant fear of another attempt on his life. His home has become a “fortress” with a police station in the back yard and bodyguards who ferry him and his wife around in the back seat of an armoured car.


Westergaard said cartoons poking fun at Muslims could signal that Western cultures saw them as part of society. “But we don’t understand one another,” he added.

That was because “we have long found ourselves in a culture war” raging not just between the West and the Middle East but directly in Western societies where he said many Muslims seem not to understand or respect democracy and freedom of speech.


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  • Puggg

    Killing, rioting and burning when you get offended is not a sensibility.  But I get his point.

  • anarchyst

    There is NO SUCH THING as a “moderate” muslim. The “koran” does not allow for “moderation”. There is no “moderate” muslim outcry against the excesses of islam. This is PROOF that “moderation” is not an islamic concept. That being said, let the mass deportations begin, of both citizen and non-citizen. Islam is a political system masquerading as a religion. As such, there are no Constitutional “protections” afforded this alien political system.
    ALL mosques, islamic political and advocacy organizations should have their assets confiscated, their officers indicted and prosecuted pending deportation. There are many who secretly agree with me. WE ARE AT WAR with an “enemy” that (mis)uses our Constitution for its own nefarious purposes.

  • Neanderthaldna

    Westergaard, 77, said he still lives in constant fear of another attempt on his life. His home has become a “fortress” with a police station in the back yard and bodyguards who ferry him and his wife around in the back seat of an armoured car.

    Again, the wondrous benefits of diversity.  Eurabia.

    • IstvanIN

      And why did the government of a tiny kingdom of largely reclaimed wetlands decide it needed a large Muslim population?

  • JohnEngelman

    Everything secular liberals hate about the Bible Belt and the Religious Right is far more true of Muslims and Islamic society. 
    Secular liberals have difficulty understanding this, but the Western civilization they are so prone to condemn has nurtured their value system and made it possible. 

    • IstvanIN

       So true, so true.  Liberals are completely mad, and actually not even very liberal.

  • RisingReich

     We also need to stop worrying about ‘offending’ each other and get real.

  • IKantunderstand

    You know?  If we insist on being a democracy; and we insist on allowing people from the thirld world to move into our countries, and we allow them to vote… Do you not see the problem here?  If you don’t, then, the demise of the U.S. rests squarely on your shoulders. Something has to give….. 

  • AmericanTaxPayerNoMore

    Europe is Special but America and Americans are Extra Special.  Now why is that?

    Free Speech.  Free Speech is what gives you Truth and where shameful and evil acts can be exposed for what they are.  Idiotlam is Evil and anyone who follows Lucifer (islam) and his way while living in The Free World are the True Demons.  You can’t blame a muslim for being muslim when their very life depends on it but you can sure blame a muslim for being a devil worshipper when they don’t have to be.

  • Puggg

    Rand Paul has proposed just that.  He’s doing everything it can to grind Senate business to a halt until they take up his bill.  And of course the Demopublicans are circling the wagons.  Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Lindsey Graham among others.  Rand’s bill includes cutting off aid to Libya, so I deduce that Libya is getting our aid.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Kurt Westergaard…told Austrian magazine News he had no regrets about his work and said freedom of speech was too precious to relinquish.

    A noble thought, but I would posit that his freedom of speech is illusory.  He lives a gulag life thanks to his government’s reckless endangerment of its citizens by importing muslims.  He has freedom of speech only on paper and its upcoming revocation will be a mere formality.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “West Cannot Let Itself Be Muzzled by Fear of Offending Muslims”

    But for over 60 years the west has let itself be muzzled by another middle east group of fanatics.

    In fact this post will be removed because it is offensive to that special group of fanatics.

    • TeutonicKnight67

       Would that be the same group that inflicts “tolerance” and “diversity” on our society and runs for the hills when it actually affects their golden neighborhoods?

  • AmericanTaxPayerNoMore

    No Sir, Muslims in the Free World are Agents of Lucifer.

    “True Brats” are people like me.  I’ve been snotty before with my writings and I’m sure I will be again.

    Sir, I’m against all Foreign Aide.  I find it Illegal like I find “Nation Building” Illegal.

    As for the Middle East, I prefer people like Sadaam Hussein, Mubarack and Quadaffi.  I expect to get flack for this sentiment of mine but that’s how I feel.  Yes, I know they weren’t perfect but there was a lot more Peace with them than there has been without them.

  • anarchyst

    “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” would be good advice for ANY foreigner that comes to MY country.  If they don’t like it here, LEAVE. . .I used to put up with the diatribes of foreigners . . . I was able to “put them in their place” by stating to them” If life is so good in your country, WHY did you come here??”  “Go back to where you came from”.  The look of shock on their faces and the dead silence was priceless.That being said, BOTH zionism and islam are political systems masquerading as religions . . . I would require all zionists and muslims to register with the U S State department as “agents of a foreign government”.  Any subversive acts (which HAVE already happened and should have been prosecuted) would be punishable under federal law and would subject these (and other like organizations such as the $PLC, ADL, etc.) to sanction, indictment of their officers, confiscation of all property and assets and a one-way trip OUT of MY country. . .Fellow travelers would also be eligible for the same treatment. . . .
    For organizations such as CAIR, ADL, $PLC and others, assets should be frozen, their officers indicted and arrested. Mass deportations should take place. I don’t care what others think. Islam and muslims are incompatible with the United States of America and have no business here . . .WE ARE AT WAR . . . the islamists and their fellow travelers are using our own Constitution against us. . . THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “MODERATE” MUSLIM. This is evidenced by the lack of criticism (and outcry) from the so-called “moderate” muslim community.

  • Pelayo

    The Scandinavians should set an example by deporting all those murdering, gang raping, thieving Middle Easterners and Sub Saharan Africans who are turning their countries into Latrines.