I sent what is contained below to a friend in response to the story on how fear of Islamic reprisals has forced many publishers to quash books that dare to portray Islam in anything other than a glowing light:
The fact of the matter is that we are so afraid of "offending" ANYONE that we have turned into a society of timid fools who are afraid of their own shadows. No one is free to speak their mind anymore, particularly when it comes to anything to do with Islam. It's a one-way street, too. A book like this one is squelched, but artists who immerse statues or pictures of Christ in URINE are lauded. Publish a bunch of cartoons about Mohammed and you get condemned by the U.N. Publish a book accusing American Jews of dual loyalty (Walt & Mearsheimer's "The Israel Lobby") and you are hailed as being brave.
Here is my hypothesis: As a result of 9/11, Osama Bin Laden and the other Islamofascists achieved success beyond their wildest dreams. Not only did they kill thousands in this country, we have become a society of cowards and politically correct dhimmis, not even willing to call Islamic terrorism what it is. We now have courts in the U.S. treating terrorists as being the moral and legal equivalent of soldiers on the battlefield, with the connivance of left-leaning academic or legal organizations such as the ACLU.