‘Talking freely about the enemy’

Daniel Pipes takes exception to the US State Department’s description of Tom Tancredo’s call to nuke Mecca as “insulting and offensive”, and to the sacking of radio talk show host Michael Graham for describing Islam as “a terrorist organisation”. Daniel explains:

“I do think it vital that they and others be able to conduct a freewheeling discussion about the Koran, jihad, radical Islam, Islamist terrorism, and related topics, without fearing a reprimand from the U.S. government or a loss of their livelihood…. nothing can be off limits in this debate; and there must be no penalty for those who express their views.”

Daniel Pipes blog, 22 August 2005