Verbatim, Diana West: “It’s important to realize sharia’s prohibition of criticism of Islam is basic Islam: There is nothing “radical” about it. Indeed, it is this basic Islamic censorship that is at the crux of why Islam itself — not “Islamism,” not “radical Islam,” not “Islamists,” but Islam — is an existential threat to the survival of any free society. It is why free societies, once penetrated by a Muslim demographic over 1 percent, begin to lose their liberties as a means of “accommodating” — appeasing — their new Islamic populations.” I’m no scholar of Islam. This quotation rings true to me, but is it? It certainly concerns me that sharia speech restrictions are demanded in countries where what Jews and Christians would call blasphemy is justified on the grounds of free speech.