Fear of offending Islam spurs hot debate in Europe

As I’ve noted here time after time, history shows that appeasement has never stopped tyrants and conquerors from eventually taking what they wanted or doing what they wanted to do.
Many of us Bloggers have warned that appeasement would only lead to more appeasement. But eventually, appeasement is not enough for these tyrants, these bullies.
I believe that my readers are far above average intelligence, so I try to refrain from sharing cute little stories to illustrate points. So please forgive me for this, but here is a story to illustrate my point.
During my first year of Junior High, at lunch break one day, a well known bully decided that he wanted to “terrorize” some of us. He proceeded to take out a lock blade knife and ask us if we wanted to fight him. He proceeded to poke it up against everyone’s strums (breast bone) as he threatened us. Each person responded with only scared silence…until he came to me.
Normally, I would have responded the same way as the rest of the group. My goodness, he had a knife, how could I do otherwise? Well, for lack of a better explanation, I guess that I had just had enough of this character and his antics. Twenty minutes after placing the knife at my strum, nursing a sprained wrist, he was summoned to the principal’s office, shown his knife that I had delivered there ten minutes earlier, and advised that he was suspended for ten days.
I never had to worry about this bully bothering me again.
So with all that said, here is the parallel I am trying to draw:
Islam is the bully. They are going to threaten, cajole and maybe even hurt people, for no reason at all. It is only by standing up to the bully that one can make him stop. It is only by declaring to the bully (Islam) that “we will not submit” and backing that statement up by force, if necessary, that we will make the bully leave us alone.

LONDON (Reuters) – Four canceled performances of a Mozart opera have reignited an anxious and heated debate in Europe over free speech, self-censorship and Islam.
By canning its production of “Idomeneo,” fearful of security threats because of a scene that might offend Muslims, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper provoked front-page headlines across the continent and found itself fending off charges of cowardice.
The controversy centered on a scene in which King Idomeneo is shown on stage with the severed heads of Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad and the sea god Poseidon.
“Here we go again. It’s like deja vu…This is exactly the kind of self-censorship I and my newspaper have been warning against,” said Flemming Rose, culture editor of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten paper, which met a storm of Muslim protest after publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad last year.
He said bowing to fears of a violent Muslim reaction would only worsen the problem: “You play into the hands of the radicals. You are telling them: your tactics are working. This is a victory for the radicals. It’s weakening the moderate Muslims who are our allies in this battle of ideas.”
The drawings, including one showing Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, triggered violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world but were defended by the newspaper as an expression of free speech and a challenge to religious taboos.
Berlin security officials had warned that staging the opera “Idomeneo” would pose an “incalculable security risk.”

GUNS AND BOMBS
The decision to cancel the production even before any protests had materialized was singled out for criticism.
“To do it in advance of any actual protest I think invokes the next protest, because the radicals in any community are aided and abetted by that,” said Lisa Appignanesi, a novelist and deputy president of the writers’ group PEN in England.
“We don’t want to end up in a situation where we don’t dare to speak up. What we do not want is a society where one is constantly fearful about what the people holding the bombs or the guns might say.”
European countries, rocked by a series of events including Islamist bombings in Madrid and London and widespread rioting in French immigrant communities last year, are struggling to find better ways of integrating their Muslim minorities. (They don’t want to integrate, they want to conquer. -ed)
The latest controversy follows a furor in the Muslim world over comments by
Pope Benedict this month in which he cited a medieval emperor who associated Islam with violence. He has since distanced himself from the quotations and assured Muslims of his respect, although without directly apologizing.
Some analysts fear a climate is developing in which people are afraid to speak out publicly. In a speech to the annual conference of think-tank Oxford Analytica last week, its head, David Young, said political correctness posed a threat to free expression for journalists, politicians and academics alike.
Nirjay Mahindru, an Asian playwright who runs a theater company in Britain, told Reuters: “British Asian writers are without a shadow of a doubt not writing what they want to write about or what they feel is reflective of what is out there. They are writing what is now expected of them.”
“This has been going on for at least two or three years and it’s almost like a coalition of fundamentalist forces, whether they are Christian or Muslim or Hindu or whoever. I just wish more members of the artistic community would be brave.”

CLASH OF VALUES
The opera cancellation was just the last of a series of incidents in recent years where religious sensitivities and artistic expression have clashed.
In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered after outraging Muslims with a film accusing Islam of promoting violence against women, and a British play featuring sexual abuse and murder in a Sikh temple was canceled after protests.
Last year London’s Tate Britain museum removed a sculpture by John Latham which it feared would offend Muslims and a British tour of “Jerry Springer – The Opera” was temporarily canceled when conservative Christian groups complained.
Such tensions are not new, although artists argue they have become more common since September 11, 2001. In 1989 British author Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding after Iran issued a fatwa calling for his death after he wrote “The Satanic Verses.”
“You can’t be afraid of constantly watching your back in the arts,” PEN’s Appignanesi said. “One is in the business of provoking response. Otherwise there is no art.”

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Lan astaslem, I will not Submit

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