Muhammad decision raises questions, Re: Muhammad and man at Yale, Washington Times, August 31, 2009

Jytte Klaussen, author of “The Cartoons That Shook the World” should sue Yale University for loss of revenue over it’s inept and cowardly decision to publish her book without printing the cartoons themselves or other depictions of Muhammad that were also originally in it. The decision does more than violate one of our most cherished and fundamental Western values, freedom of the press, and capitulate once again to Muslim religious extremism, it also casts doubt about the veracity and accuracy of everything Yale did decide to publish.

What else didn’t they include? What did they distort? Why would anyone who wants an accurate rendering of the publication of the cartoons in Denmark in 2005 and their aftermath buy Klaussen’s book given the publishers willingness to censor material it deems sensitive or inflammatory, regardless of it’s relevance? I certainly wouldn’t and I have no doubt many other potential buyers wouldn’t either. The impact on sales and Ms. Klaussen’s income is obvious.

Do us all a favor Jytte and sue Yale. In addition to loss of income you could probably make a strong case for damage to your professional reputation as well since Yale’s decision to publish a palpably incomplete manuscript under your name could easily lead to questions about your qualifications and competence.

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