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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, September 21, 2012

West should not betray its ideals

The French government has banned a demonstration planned for Saturday against the anti-Islam video made in the US. Paris is doing the fundamentalists a favour with this move, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns and calls on the West to remain true to its ideals: "Ten days after the fatwa issued by [Ayatollah] Khomeini, which sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his Satanic Verses, the British prime minister at the time Douglas Hurd guaranteed freedom of assembly, religious freedom and freedom of opinion - with the condition that it didn't lead to threats or acts of violence. … Should we tread this path or take a different approach? The latter is what the Arab-Muslim diplomats hope for. They want our support for the global prosecution of 'denigration of religion', a law that limits freedom of opinion and civil rights. This is the wrong path. It is a betrayal of our ideals, the very ideals defended by Douglas Hurd 23 years ago."

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