Friday, August 14, 2009

Reasons to hide

Yale University Press is publishing a book by Jytte Klausen, The Cartoons that Shook the World, about the Danish cartoons depicting Mohammed that caused an uproar several years ago. YUP has, however, refused to publish the cartoons themselves, apparently acting on the advice of anonymous 'experts'.

Why is this so grotesque? Well, compare it to the translators and analysts who prepared the 2005 report prepared by the Center for Religious Freedom, Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques. They remained anonymous because they feared intimidation or other violence from Islamists unhappy with the report.

The YUP experts, on the other hand, are probably seeking anonymity to hide their embarassment at censoring Klausen's rights to free speech - and denying the general public the ability to form its own opinion of the cartoons.

Thanks to Campus Watch. If you want lots more links and background, see this piece by Andy Bostom.

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