Cartoons - The Last Post
When the cartoon row erupted, I revived an old blog and published all of the cartoons on it, under my own name. I am still publishing them there, under my own name. Not one of the pseudonymous or anonymous people accusing me of self-censorship or cowardice could say the same. Not only do I assert the right of the cartoonists to have drawn these or any other images, I have gone out of my way to make sure they are available in public.
To answer a couple of emails collectively, I don't care what MAC or anyone else says about this; I haven't even bothered to look. It became plain to me from talking with a couple of British Muslim journalists over the past few days that even the most secular, cosmopolitan British Muslim seems incapable, at the moment, of accepting that a display of the cartoons might not be a racist attack on them. That being the case, it had become clear that Muslims who agree with this campaign would have felt unable to attend the rally. That's why I have asked people not to display the cartoons and it is the only reason why.
Interestingly, while I have been the focus of a lot of anger from some Muslims over my stance on these cartoons, my first death threat came as a response to the post below, obviously from a non-Muslim.
To those who are annoyed, I ask what part of this did you not understand:
This will be a march in favour of free expression, not a march against Muslims
And so it is, and this is distorting the appearance of the campaign horribly, so we will move on.