After Copenhagen: The Myth of Civilized Censorship

Hate speech laws legitimize violence against those who offend

The two recent acts of censorship-by-murder in Europe—first at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and then at a free-speech debate in Copenhagen—have put the continent’s political classes in a pickle.

For as much as European rulers want to, and do, condemn the brutal actions of these Koran-thumping offense-takers, the fact is they also share something in common with them: a devotion to shushing and sometimes punishing those who offend people’s sensibilities.

There’s only so much distance the elites of Europe can make between themselves and these cartoonist-loathing shooters.