When you continually and overtly belittle people for being who they are, eventually some of the people in these groups will respond violently. Is the answer to their violence really to be more offensive?
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me sang Aretha Franklin decades ago.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- what everyone is taught in character building class; a class that starts as soon as one is able to babble.
Being a part of this world means living with things you disagree with. The way to combat bad ideas is with better ideas. These are the twin thoughts swirling in my head as I've struggled to take in the totality of the terrible news of this morning's attack in Paris.
Decisions made by Wikipedia editors are not law. But when it comes to determining what is 'normal' online -- and how much taboo we're willing to stomach on our Internet -- a Wikipedia referendum can count for just as much.
Internet bans do not work anymore and violent protests do not do any good. Perhaps it is the best time for Muslims to adopt civil, non-violent ways of protest -- here in Pakistan and in the world at large.
In a sane society, if you can't bear to hear your religious figures criticized -- if you think Ratzinger is above the law, or Mohamed should be defended with an axe -- then you should tell it to the judge.
My organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), is proud to join a broad coalition criticizing Yale University's decision to censor the Muhammad cartoons from a book about the cartoons.