With the attacks on American soil in Garland, Texas, it’s clear that standing up for free speech is more important now than ever. At ARI, we’re doing just that.
After the attacks in Paris earlier this year, Onkar Ghate explained in “Freedom of Speech: We Will Not Cower” why anyone who values his freedom must stand up for the right to free speech. ARI also sponsored two panel discussions featuring Jyllands-Posten’s Flemming Rose that addressed the cartoons controversy. In a podcast titled Freedom of Speech, “Islamophobia,” and the Cartoons Crisis, Elan Journo interviewed Flemming Rose on the climate of self-censorship in the West. And, in his talk, Free Speech and The Battle for Western Culture, Yaron Brook explained why it’s crucial to defend freedom of speech.
In a special episode of The Yaron Brook Show, Onkar Ghate discussed the philosophical reasons for Garry Trudeau’s appeasing comments on free speech and radical Islam. Steve Simpson also addressed the appeasing of Islamic terrorists attacking those who criticize them in “Condoning Violence; Destroying Free Speech” and “Attacks on Free Speech Come to the U.S.”
Islamic totalitarianism is not the only threat to free speech today, but to fight it we need to realize that the primary threat is not the terrorists but our understanding of free speech, it’s importance — and our willingness to defend it. In his talk Free Speech Under Siege, Steve Simpson discusses the views of free speech in American culture that are emboldening the enemies of free speech. His article “In The Sony Affair, Who Is the Real Coward?” analyzes the controversy over the movie The Interview and our government’s weak response to that controversy.
ARI has always defended free speech. In 1989, when Iran put a fatwa on Salman Rushdie, ARI answered with a full-page ad in New York Times written by Dr. Leonard Peikoff called “Religious Terrorism vs. Free Speech.” And in 2006, we not only argued extensively for the right to publish the Danish Mohammed cartoons, but we also defied the calls for censorship by publicly showing the pictures.
We will go on fighting for free of speech and defying those threatening to silence us. And that’s why we’re publishing Bosch Fawstin’s winning contribution from the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas.
We won’t cower.