‘Charlie Hebdo’, meet Mark Twain

Two articles concerning Islam appeared in the Gazette editorial pages recently. The first was written by Robert C. Blitt, associate professor of law at the University of Tennessee, and the second co-authored by Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Program.

Blitt expounded upon the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League and their attempts at the U.N. to pass draconian legislation prohibiting the defamation of religion. As Blitt stated: “‘… the collective voice of the Muslim world’ has spread the belief that any insult directed against the Muslim faith or its prophet demands absolute suppression.”

Such blasphemy laws fly directly in the face of Western standards, especially our cherished notions of freedom of speech — and the equally important principle of the separation of church and state.