Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires.
Although Muslims may not agree about the idea of freedom of expression, even non-Muslims who espouse it say it comes with responsibilities. In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Muslims consider the honor of the Prophet Muhammad to be dearer to them than that of their parents or even themselves. To defend it is considered to be an obligation upon them. The strict punishment if found guilty of this crime under sharia (Islamic law) is capital punishment implementable by an Islamic State. This is because the Messenger Muhammad said, "Whoever insults a Prophet kill him."
However, because the honor of the Prophet is something which all Muslims want to defend, many will take the law into their own hands, as we often see.
Within liberal democracies, freedom of expression has curtailments, such as laws against incitement and hatred.
The truth is that Western governments are content to sacrifice liberties and freedoms when being complicit to torture and rendition — or when restricting the freedom of movement of Muslims, under the guise of protecting national security.
So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine Charlie Hebdo to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?
It is time that the sanctity of a Prophet revered by up to one-quarter of the world's population was protected.That USA Today would even give a moment's notice, much less offer as an "opposing view" - as if this is all just a civilized debate over a difference of opinions - to a radical Muslim cleric who has called before for the death of all infidels and the destruction of the Western world demonstrates the world has gone mad.
Or - USA Today is a tabloid whore.
And as it is not news that radical Islamists hate us and wish to impose the rule of shari'a on the world, a rule that requires "submission to the commands of Allah alone," I have to assume USA Today is exploiting the death of innocent people with some journalistic sensationalism by publishing this "opposing view" to the nearly universal condemnation of murder that civilization holds. The supporters of these murderers do not need a voice in the press - the pictures of the bloody offices of Charlie Hebdo speak for them.
Perhaps USA Today forgets that it is the 1st Amendment that gives it the freedom to print what it wishes. Fine then, it can offer as "something for thought" the notion that the journalists at Charlie Hebdo had it coming to them. It can give a platform to the notion that a government needs to stifle the press within its borders lest a group get offended and "take the law into their own hands, as we often see."
And it can continue to be fish wrap, bird cage flooring, and puppy toilet training material.
Because it just proved itself worthless of anything else.