Muslim extremists bullied Comedy Central into censoring a recent South Park episode, but the Obama administration must take a major share of the responsibility for allowing an atmosphere of intimidation that diminishes freedom of speech to thrive.
In his soon-to-be-released book The Grand Jihad, former Bush attorney Andrew McCarthy argues that the government won't act because of political correctness and a policy that reflects a fear of the jihadists.
Comedy Central, which airs South Park, censored a 2010 episode by bleeping out a segment that originally depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear costume before turning into Santa Claus. The group, "Revolution Muslim," warned South Park's creators that they would "probably wind up like Theo van Gogh" for insulting their prophet. Theo van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker whose movie Submission criticized the treatment of women under Islam. He was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist.