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Worldwide Hate Speech Laws?

Muslims and Christians together.

Nov 24, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 10 • By NINA SHEA
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Just how daunting a task this is was demonstrated recently in Morocco, when a magazine inspired by A Common Word was banned for publishing a discussion of commonalities between Christianity and Islam, an approach deemed religiously offensive. The Vatican has not silenced its own critique of Islam, nor will it drop its support for the strategy of seeking common ground in the face of opposition from some Muslim quarters. The next session is scheduled to take place in a Muslim country in two years.

As Pope Benedict commented afterwards, "A long path has been traveled, and there is still a long way to go." A very long way, indeed.

Nina Shea is director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom.