“There’s No More Molly”

A question for Obama here.

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  1. From the “Notes & Comments” section of the June issue of “The New Criterion” regarding the “Everybody Draws Mohammed Day” to which Molly Norris attached herself this past May:

    But “Everybody Draws Mohammed” is not about gratuitous provocation. It is about standing up for freedom, for the liberating values of Western civilization, in the face of blatant efforts to crush that freedom. The real provocateurs are not the contestants in the Everybody Draws Mohammed contest. No, the real provocateurs, as [Mark] Steyn observes, “are the perpetually aggrieved and ever more aggressive Islamic bullies—emboldened by the silence of ‘moderate Muslims’ and the preemptive capitulation of western media.” Hence the value of initiatives like “Everybody Draws Mohammed.” Their aim is not so much to offend as to defend: to defend freedom and Western culture against an aggressive ideology that slyly exploits liberal fecklessness. When the demonstrations against the Danish cartoons first erupted, the English journalist Charles Moore had the right idea: every newspaper in the West ought to have republished the images that had first appeared in “Jyllands-Posten.” Steyn recommends a similar response now: “The only way to stop this madness destroying our liberties is (as Ayaan Hirsi Ali puts it) to spread the risk.”

    The first duty of the federal government is to protect its citizens from enemies abroad. The President of the United States commands the most fearsome military force in history. A “leader of the free world” unwilling even to SPEAK in defense of the first-amendment rights of American citizens, a commander-in-chief who fails to make it unmistakably clear that fatwas shall henceforth be deemed kissing cousins of acts of war, a president apparently afraid “to spread the risk”–in short, to deflect attention from the Molly Norrises of our time to those like himself backed by big battalions–surely such a man deserves to lose his own podium, from which he might have exemplified and promulgated “the liberating values of Western civilization.”

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