Free Speech and the Danish Cartoons at USC
April 11, 2006
Who: Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute; and Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum.
What: (1). A display of the controversial Danish cartoons depicting Mohammed.
(2). A panel discussion and Q&A on the meaning of the worldwide reaction to the cartoons.
Where: University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center, Embassy Room, 3415 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0871
When: April 11, 2006, at 8 PM
Summary: ARI's Yaron Brook will participate in a panel discussion on the Mohammed cartoon controversy. He will explain: Why the eruption of violence and the issuance of death threats make completely irrelevant the question of whether the cartoons are in bad taste. Why the idea that freedom of the press must be "coupled with press responsibility" means that free speech is not a right, but a fleeting permission. Why every Western newspaper and media outlet should have immediately re-published or shown the cartoons in solidarity with the cartoonists. Why the cowardly and appeasing response of many Western governments--including our own--will only invite further aggression. Other panelists will present their own views.
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