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A Pretext to Murder in Libya

posted on September 14, 2012

At Tablet, Max Welch writes that many Americans are wrong to blame the filmmakers of the provocative depiction of the Prophet Muhammed for the death of Ambassador Chris Stephens in Libya. Welsh argues that the self-censorship, which leads even “free-speech heroes like Penn Jillette” to refuse to “tackle Islam ‘because we have families,'” is insidious and dangerous. “It is precisely in our proclivity for free-wheeling offense that America’s free-speech tradition becomes an irresistible magnet for those who live in the kinds of stifling societies where the government really does regulate expression,” writes Welch.

Read at Tablet