Mark Steyn on Charlie Hebdo attacks: ‘Free speech has to include the right to insult Islam’

Flying James Taylor to Paris to sing You’ve Got A Friend as a gesture of sympathy to France over the Charlie Hebdo attacks, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did, was barely less ridiculous than if Canada had dispatched Céline Dion to sing My Heart Will Go On, according to Mark Steyn.

“I would fully have supported Paris nuking Ottawa over that,” said Mr. Steyn…

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  • winniec

    There can be no ‘buts’ after the words ‘free speech’.

    • BillyHW

      But the pope likes buts.

  • winniec

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS THE RIGHT TO OFFEND—TO BE CONTROVERSIAL

    U.S. law values and permits the right to blaspheme.

    -Justice Clark in 1952 wrote: “…it is enough to point out that the state has no
    legitimate interest in protecting any or all religions from views distasteful
    to them. … It is not the business of government in our nation to suppress real
    or imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine.”

    -Justice Frankfurter noted that beliefs “…dear to one may seem the rankest ‘sacrilege’
    to another,” and added concerning “sacrilegious” speech: “…history does not
    encourage reliance on the wisdom and moderation of the censor.”

    • FactsWillOut

      “It is not the business of government in our nation to suppress realor imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine.””

      Imagine now, if the state wouldn’t protect institutions from real attacks.
      Everyone would be wetting their pants and crying like babies.
      Actually, folk are already doing that, but on the bright side, diaper stocks would skyrocket.

  • BillyHW

    Mark Steyn for pope!

    • Freedom

      US Senator would be nice

    • Censored_often

      Canadian P.M. would be great!

  • FactsWillOut

    There are limits to freedom of speech.
    Incitement to murder, or say, a story or movie graphically portraying/describing pedophilia and infanticide for the purpose of sexual gratification of deviants.

    • Alain

      Actually incitement to murder is a criminal offence and has nothing to do with free speech, so why are those inciting murder never charged while at the same time the same bunch demand that insulting or criticising their belief be illegal.

      • FactsWillOut

        Good question.
        Ask the criminals who rule us.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Kerry will be sending Diana Ross to IS territory to sing “Stop! In the Name of Love.”

  • RevnantDream

    Mark as usual is spot on