Sunday, August 23, 2009
Yale University Press afraid to publish Mo' cartoons.
John Donatich, the director of Yale University Press, says the new book by Ms. Jytte Klausen “The Cartoons That Shook the World”, about the Danish cartoons of Mohammed (originally published on September 30, 2005) won't actually contain the cartoons.
John says, “when it came between that and blood on my hands, there was no question.”
Surprisingly, the author agreed. “The book’s message,” Ms. Klausen said, “is that we need to calm down and look at this carefully.”
What an embarassment, we need to be doing exactly the opposite. Mark Steyn wrote in The Western Standard, March 27, 2006 edition, "We need 'Stout Hearted Men', and when the racket starts, no cartoonist, or publisher, or editor should ever have to stand alone.
Every publisher should say "We're all publishing the cartoons, and if you want to kill us, you'll have to kill us all."" This article is reprinted on page 122 in Mark's latest book, 'Light's Out, Islam, Free Speech and the Twilight of the West'.
We need to support the most basic principals of free speech, and every time someone knuckles under to Islamists, afraid to publish the cartoons for fear of reprisal, the rest of us log on and publish them again.
My readers will see all the cartoons and a link to a blog that published them originally. Today's original post is 'Bangkok News and Reviews' from October 2, 2005. Enjoy, and drop a note to the bloggers you know, to publish these cartoons AGAIN, everytime someone is bullied, intimidated, or threatened into not publishing these cartoons.
Christopher Hitchens has published an excellent article on the topic in Slate Magazine, "Yale Surrenders".
'Start me with ten, who are Stout Hearted Men,(and women)and I'll soon give you ten thousand more!'