Diana West

So thanks? Talk about potted palms. The irony here is that Jones-the-person was increasingly objectified as a dangerous "nut," while Quran-the-object that commands jihad was increasingly enlivened with a uniquely inviolate status. Which brings us to Derek Fenton. On 9/11 Saturday, Fenton tore pages from a Quran and lit them in front of the planned Ground Zero mosque. According to New York Daily News sources, Fenton said, "he wanted to stand by (America) in a tea party kind of way" by exercising his "right to protest." Police ushered Fenton away but released him without charges.

Come Monday, it was a different story. Constitutional rights aside, New Jersey Transit fired Fenton, ending his 11-year career with the agency for burning those Quran pages (and on his own time), an act which, again, violated not America's law, but Islam's.

Fenton's story repeated itself almost exactly in Australia where, also on Monday, Alex Stewart, a Queensland University of Technology employee, was placed on "indefinite leave" after satirizing mass Quran hysteria in a YouTube video -- now censored -- in which he smoked pages from both the Bible and the Quran.

And on Wednesday, the Seattle Weekly (rather calmly) announced the planned disappearance of its cartoonist Molly Norris, she who once called -- in a cartoon -- May 20 "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day." The paper wrote: "On the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, 'going ghost': moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity."

"Wiping away her identity"? For a cartoon? But this is exactly what Western civilization itself is doing. And that's why all you hear, past those echoing denunciations of the Florida preacher, is silence.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).

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