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Posted in: Islamic Gender & Religious Apartheid, Culture Wars & Censorship

Published on Aug 22, 2008 by Phyllis Chesler

Written for Pajamas Media

A Modest Proposal. Let The Brave Danes Speak at Both Conventions


Denmark’s Free Speech Library has offered to publish Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina–the very book that Random House just canceled.The Free Speech Library is an independent company under its own management but with close ties to Denmark’s Free Press Society.

Both Salman Rushdie and Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who penned the drawing of a prophet with a bomb in his turban, criticized Random House for their decision.

Westergaard expressed his dismay that “one of the large publishers is now bowing to intimidation. That is not a good omen for free speech. If the major publishers lose their nerve then I’m afraid that others will follow suit. The big publishers ought to set a good example. The fanatics have won.”

Although every major publisher (including Random House) supports Rachel Ehrenfeld in her battle to protect free speech in America,  they are not funding that battle. They have only submitted amicus briefs.

Perhaps the most radical American writers (those who tell the truth about Islamic gender and religious apartheid and about Islamic imperialism, jihad, and slave ownership, and who believe that Israel, America, and the West are countries worth fighting for), will have to turn to Denmark to be published. Indeed, the Library is about to publish a Danish translation of Bruce Bawer’s book entitled While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within.

I might just ask them to consider publishing my own The Islamification of America. I hope I’m wrong but I doubt that Random House will want it. Make my day, prove me wrong!

May I make a modest proposal? I suggest that both Obama and McCain invite Kurt Westergaard and a representative of the Danish Library to speak at their respective Conventions? So far, neither candidate has shown any understanding of how rapidly Free Speech has been eroded in America due to fear of Muslim protest–and alas, due to our own doctrine of political correctness.

Let me go further: Why not replace Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy–yes, and Dick Cheney–with the brave Danish cartoonist and the brave Danish publisher?

Yes, Kennedy is ill and may be dying; yes, he is JFK’s last living brother. But, for the record: Robert Kennedy, our former Attorney General, was assassinated by Palestinian activist, Sirhan Sirhan, who claimed that he did so for political reasons, because he was angry that America sold military equipment to Israel. Sirhan was deemed insane and has been psychiatrically hospitalized ever since. Since every Arab and Palestinian leader say the same thing (and worse): Shall we psychiatrically hospitalize them all –and for life?

Let Obama and McCain invite some true contemporary heroes. In addition to Westergaard and the Danish Press, I propose Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Taslima Nasrin, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.

I would like to thank my esteemed colleague, Carol Gould for bringing the Denmark Free Speech Library to my attention.


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