A disquieting story has emerged;
In response to the scripting of the Prophet Mohammed in an episode of the satirical TV series South Park, its 2 writers were “warned” of the potential consequences, with pointed reference to Theo van Gogh, murdered by an Islamist extremist in Holland.
The result was that the particular episode was censored and then withdrawn. As a follow-up, an unrelated cartoonist initially parodied the situation, and then also withdrew in fear.
The significance of this chilling episode, together with others of threats and censorship that are happening in many Western societies, has been highlighted by several writers; such as Ross Douthat in the New York Times who includes the cautionary lines “This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that “bravely” trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes an excellent piece about it here.
Mark Steyn also has a good overview on what happened, cynical over how briefly the cognescenti were upset over the censorship before they returned to an ostrich-like “Everybody Have A Decaf Latte Day”.