With embassies burning, catchy anti-West slogans being chanted, and innocent cheeses being burnt in the street, secular democracies must stand firm and defend our right to publish what we want, when we want, and in whatever format we like - yes, even in a chapbook or engraved onto a grain of rice. And if newspapers will not reprint the "offending" cartoons it is up to bloggers to spread the message, which is not one of hate or bigotry, but in fact the opposite. It is an assertion of freedom, of tolerance, of the very values upon which our civilisation is based. We at Sterne are not political bloggers, per se, but we recognise that it is time to take a stand. We may not agree with the content of the cartoons in question, but we defend to the death the right of the cartoonists to draw them.
Australia is still a free country. We wish to exercise that freedom and we ask you, dear reader and fellow lover of freedom, to view these cartoons and judge for yourself:
By publishing these cartoons we mean no offense, however we recognise the right of all people to violently over-react. Death threats and other considered responses may be sent to the usual address.