Re: "Freedom of speech sullied and abused" (Kathleen Parker column, 5-11).
Parker attempts to demonize Pamela Geller, organizer of a Muhammad cartoon contest, for having the poor judgment to intentionally insult Muslims.
I don't understand this, and it seems like many of the same people who take pleasure in insulting Christianity or hating Judaism are the same folks who admonish Geller for provoking Islam, and there is no shortage of people blaming Geller for instigating a deadly confrontation.
If Christians made a practice of killing abortionists, would Parker and those like her call for the abolition of abortion? I'm guessing that people would simply demand justice, and abortion to hard-core Christians is no less offensive to them than a cartoon of Muhammad is to Islam.
In addition, Parker has elevated Islam above other religions, by proclaiming that “the messenger really is the problem.” referring to Geller, while ignoring offenses to other faiths.
I don't suggest that other religions need to take a harder stance; I'm suggesting that Islam is no more sacred than any other religion and deserves no special consideration when someone wants to mock a faith.
By proclaiming that Geller is the problem, by elevating Islam above other religions and by asking that people refrain from provoking Islam, Parker and like-minded people have submitted to Islam and sharia law. Congratulations.