In USA Today, Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, lays out her bewildering case for the arrest of provocative filmmaker Sam Bacile:
While the First Amendment right to free expression is important, it is also important to remember that other countries and cultures do not have to understand or respect our right.
When it comes to legal jurisdiction in the United States, of course they must understand and respect that right. No mufti or sheikh has even a shred of authority outside of a mosque and certainly none that contravenes the constitution of another country.
Like so many other bien pensants, Professer Butler is happy to grant extraterritoriality to Islamists. And that makes her expression of condolences to the victims of that presumptive authority empty words indeed.