Your writer Samina Wahid has very precisely put into words the ironic interpretation and double standards of the expression ‘freedom of speech.’ It is common practice to promote and adopt extreme ends of a perspective – either we agree with the point of view or disagree with it with intensity that there is no room for flexibility or second thought.
Liberty to voice one’s concerns is indeed vital and the people’s right. However, the reasons and consequences behind the matter are of equal importance. Had the blasphemous cartoons been relevant to any other religion apart from Islam, the protests would have been all the more ‘necessary’ and ‘upright.’ Islam around the globe has an image that goes hand in hand with terrorism. It is indeed saddening and infuriating to see how manipulation is prevalent in the global community.