A recent comment on this site reminded us of a couple of red herrings that are often raised in connection with this issue, so we'd like to give our take on them:
- The cartoons were published in a right wing newspaper
- The newspaper refused to publish cartoons about Christianity
- There is no unrestricted right to free speech. Holocaust denial is a crime in many countries
We hope to advocate a society in which people are free to express their opinions, artistically, satirically, tactlessly or otherwise, to agree, argue, disagree and enjoy freedom of intellect and conscience without having death threats made against them.
This is why we call on our elected representatives to defend this position. A lot of people struggled and gave their lives to give us the freedoms we enjoy. We are stewards for those freedoms and we have the responsibility of passing them on undamaged so that future generations do not find themselves having to repeat the struggles of the past.