We must have the freedom to mock Islam

We must have the freedom to mock Islam, by Brendan O’Neill.

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? …

The response to Smith’s silly video has been so mad you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d been caught snorting coke or hanging with prostitutes. But all he did was have an innocent laugh at the expense of a global religion. He made light fun of a faith system. …

What is it with the left and Islam? The left is telling us all in no uncertain terms not to criticize Islam, or else!

We live in a time when having a pop at Islam is pretty much the worst thing you can do. A moral forcefield has been erected around this religion. And it is patrolled both by the law, which now arrests people who confront Muslims on the basis that this is ‘inciting racial hatred’, and by various advocacy groups and media commentators who will brand everything from dislike of the burqa to raising questions about mass immigration as ‘Islamophobic’. …

This might all look like an innocent measure to protect Muslims from offence, but it does serious damage to the very Enlightenment ideal that we shouldn’t have to kowtow to any belief or prophet and should have the right to slam them all as we see fit.

hat-tip Stephen Neil