Duncan Phyfe dining room chair in late afternoon sunlight through a veil -- leftover Christmas ribbons strung over the doorways to remind us to be watchful for a slippery, post-waxed floor -- lightly. Note radiator upper left and newly renovated hand-laid parquet floor middle and lower left.
"I'm not sure that we should look to the Catholic pope to defend free expression," writes TigerHawk in response to comments re his latest post. As we said here the other day,
We think "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's applies here. In our view the Vatican struck just the right note for the things that are God's.
Even so, TigerHawk is right when he says
The right of free speech exists only to defend people who say or write things that offend. People who say or write inoffensive things need no protection.
We semi disagree with the totally awesomeTH in this way, as we wrote last week in "The cat among the Islamic pigeons":
Thank GOD our beloved Benedetto -- the Pope who loves cats and Mozart -- is on the case. We agree with Oriana Fallaci -- the renowned Italian Journalist indicted last year in her native country for vilifying, as the law says, a "religion admitted by the state," in this case Islam -- that "You cannot survive if you do not know the past." In an Opinion Journal interview with Tunku Varadarajan last June -- blogged here -- she said "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. It's that simple! There must be some human truth here that is beyond religion."
We imagine our friend would agree.