Writing in the New Statesman, Peter Wilby has been honest enough to admit he is too scared to publish the Mohammed Cartoons. I don't blame him, religious nutters are scary! The potential threats to his staff and their families and the economic impact from Muslim newsagents refusing to stock the magazine proved too much.
There is some legitimacy in saying the cartoons don't deserve publication for artistic reasons or that inflicting satirical offence should only happen to the rich and powerful and not those groups already weak and repressed, but ultimately there is no justification (other than fear) for not showing us legal cartoons that are at the centre of a major news story. Those newspapers that pretended otherwise and claimed some moral justification for not publishing the cartoons have let us down and more frighteningly the religious bullies have won a significant victory over our free speech. Those who claim that religion is not gaining in power, reflect on what is happening here and in the US, where no politician who acknowledges atheism will win high office.