In the comments section of a post earlier today about the jihadist plot to murder a cartoonist and a journalist for daring to exercise their rights of free speech, reader velvethammer reminded me of an article by one of the intended victims. In it, Jyllands-Posten editor Fleming Rose explained why he published the Muhammad cartoons:
Has Jyllands-Posten insulted and disrespected Islam? It certainly didn’t intend to. But what does respect mean? When I visit a mosque, I show my respect by taking off my shoes. I follow the customs, just as I do in a church, synagogue or other holy place. But if a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission. And that is incompatible with a secular democracy.