Europe caves in to Muslim extremists

first_img– Providence (R.I.) Journal Europeans are becoming adept at censoring themselves to avoid angering Islamists who think that they have the right ? to tell the world how to live. Visual arts, journalism and literature are all under threat. As Cecelia Wikstrom, a member of the Swedish parliament ? noted in a recent piece in the International Herald Tribune, just a few weeks ago a collection of “provocative pencil sketches of Muhammad were suddenly lifted off the walls” by a gallery director in rural Sweden for fear of offending Muslims. Last year, a Mozart premiere in Berlin was canceled for fear that the show would offend them. In other words, Western culture is trimming its sails to traverse Islamist seas, and so some Western nations are effectively losing their independence to the oil power. We still have fresh in our minds last year’s cartoons of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper, which caused massive violence and threats of violence in the Muslim world. ? Worse in a way was the cowardly failure of European governments except Denmark’s itself to defend the right of the Danish newspaper to publish what it wanted. ? Europeans need to start fighting these modern-day book-burners. ? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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