Earlier today, Emily brought this op-ed written in USA Today by British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary to my attention. In the piece, Choudary defends yesterday's attacks at Charlie Hebdo in Paris which resulted in the deaths of 10 journalists and two police officers. Choudary argues Charlie Hebdo brought the attacks upon themselves:
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.