Dhimmitude from the EU, throwing freedom of speech overboard. From the BBC, with thanks to Hutchrun:
EU foreign ministers have expressed regret that cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published in European papers were found offensive by Muslims.
At a meeting in Brussels they also agreed on a common line of action to rebuild ties with Muslim nations.
Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said the EU would seek dialogue and mutual understanding.
How can you have a dialogue when one of the partners is unilateral and absolutist?
However, the ministers also defended freedom of speech and condemned the violent response to the cartoons….
It adds: “The Council acknowledges and regrets that these cartoons were considered offensive and distressing by Muslims across the world.”
Diplomats said that at least one country, the Netherlands, had at first opposed the decision to express “regret”.
The Czech government was also reported to be concerned that apologising would undermine the freedom fo the media.
While they upheld freedom of expression as a fundamental right, the ministers said freedoms “come with responsibilities”.
“Freedom of expression should be exercised in a spirit of respect for religious and other beliefs and convictions. Mutual tolerance and respect are universal values we should all uphold,” they said.
In other words, there is no freedom of speech when it comes to what might offend Muslims.