But don’t call his violence Islamofascism.
This reported today by AP:
A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog said Tuesday he was assaulted while giving a lecture at a university.
Lars Vilks told The Associated Press a man in the front row ran up to him and head-butted him during the lecture at Uppsala University. Vilks says his glasses were broken but he was not injured. It wasn’t immediately clear what happened to the attacker.
Vilks said a group of about 15 people had been shouting and trying to interrupt the lecture before the incident. Many of them stormed the front of the room after the attack and clashed with security guards as Vilks was pulled away into a separate room, he said.
Think about what this means. The university campus is the seat of the Enlightenment. It is at the heart of the Western liberal tradition. And 15 people tried to prevent a man from speaking freely there.
And here’s what I want to know: was Lars Vilks permitted to complete his lecture? In other words, was the room cleared by security of the censorious, or did they succeed in driving the speaker into permanent retreat from the podium, thereby forcing the event to end early?
How university officials instinctively handled the situation gives one a fair idea of how secure our collective free speech rights, in the Western world, really are. Did administrators buckle to the disruption, violence, and intimidation on display, and so cancel the remainder of the event? Or did they exercise a stern determination that the lecture would—indeed, must—go on?
Does anybody know?