'Hate-speech laws are implemented unfairly' Part II:
Middle East governments were involved
in the cartoon capers: "Sari Hanafi, an associate professor at the American University in Beirut, said that for Arab governments resentful of the Western push for democracy, the protests presented an opportunity to undercut the appeal of the West to Arab citizens." ... So the organized rioting and burnings weren't about offended sensibilities, litigious imbalances and Western racism? I'm shocked. ... Enough on the issue. I've harped on it too much.Update
-- I can't help myself. I've become addicted to the issue. But I had to point out the Danish flag flap
in Stoughton, where it's apparently considered hateful to show solidarity with Danes: "There's always that chance that there will be people who are offended, and we want to guard against that," said Karon Skinner-Catrone, chairperson of Stoughton No Place for Hate Committee. ... You can't make this stuff up. ... Now back to my cold-turkey attempt to stay off the subject. ...