- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Jytte Klausen, author of “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should sue Yale University for loss of revenue over its inept and cowardly decision to publish her book without printing the cartoons themselves or other depictions of Muhammad that were originally in it (“Muhammad and man at Yale,” Opinion, Monday).

The decision does more than violate one of our most cherished and fundamental Western values — freedom of the press — and capitulates once again to Muslim religious extremism. It also casts doubt about the veracity and accuracy of everything that Yale did decide to publish.

What else didn’t the publishers 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 Ms. Klausen’s book, given the publishers’ willingness to censor material it deems insensitive or inflammatory? I certainly wouldn’t, and I have no doubt many other potential buyers wouldn’t, either. The impact on sales and Ms. Klausen’s income is obvious.

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

JERRY PHILIPSON

Comox, British Columbia, Canada

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