Wednesday, February 22, 2006

"Civil Rights Group" Would Like To Limit Civil Rights

The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sponsored a panel discussion about the Danish cartoon controversy. Officials of CAIR, which purports to be a civil rights group, have some interesting ideas about freedom of speech.
"The right to free speech is not absolute," [CAIR board member Mazhar] Rishi said. "It does not give a right to defame Prophet Muhammad or any other" religious figure.
"We need to analyze what democracy means and to recognize and represent not just the majorities but the growing minorities as well," Philadelphia CAIR vice-chairman Sofia Memon said. "In view of this, we need to ask how to broaden our democracy instead of narrow it."
Does "broadening our democracy" entail restricting freedoms? The support of civil rights necessitates supporting these rights for all. It does not mean protecting the rights of your own interest group while supporting restrictions of the civil rights of others. That is rank hypocrisy.