Freedom of Speech and Muslim Rage

Shadia B. Drury


Shadia Drury’s two-part column “The Decay of American Democracy,” Part I of which appeared in the October/November issue, will be concluded in a future issue – Eds.

The display of Muslim rage in over twenty countries that was triggered by an American-made video insulting the prophet Muhammad has once again turned the conflict between religion and freedom of speech into an international crisis. The inadequacy of the Republican, as well as the Democratic, responses to the crisis has its source in the American inclination to see the world as its own domain and not to distinguish between domestic and foreign policy. The conflation of these two domains is dangerous and incendiary for reasons that I will explain.

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