CURBING FREE SPEECH: A DANGEROUS TREND

 

In May of 2008, I posted a blog citing examples of how free speech is being muzzled right here in the United States, including the censoring of my own book on Militant Islam in America, and other books like it. This is it:

It’s getting worse, not just here but all over the world. Trends continue. Political correctness and capitulation is serving our enemies well. It certainly makes one wonder where it all will lead to, and how long it will take before democracy in the free world is put to death.

Around the world, while radical Islamists can demonstrate their hatred for America and non-believers in general, shouting expletives toward Americans and Jews, threatening to destroy us all, we dare not utter a word that is critical of them, lest we be cited for (ahem) hate crimes. Here’s an example, which stemmed form the Muhammed cartoon incident of 2006.

 Click here: Video: Chilling Islamic Demonstration 

Meanwhile, the hateful side of the Islamic world thinks nothing of publishing material and drawings that are equally, or more denigrating to other ethnic cultures, and they get away with it without censure. In newspapers throughout the Arab mid-east, Jews are routinely depicted in editorial cartoons as ugly, controlling, manipulative killers who are working to undermine the Islamic world and to kill Arabs. Caricatures show Jews as Nazi-like, hooked nosed and clad in stereotypical black hats and beards.
The examples in the following link are not the work of one or two isolated writers or cartoonists, it is common and pervasive:

Former film star Brigitte Bardot has been arrested no less than five times in Paris for allegedly inciting hatred toward Muslims. She fears the Islamization of France, saying the “Muslim community is destroying our country.” Whether she is correct or not (and she may well be) doesn’t matter. One would think she has the right to express her views, as much as any citizen or blogger in America or France. What matters more to the government is placating the Islamic community, which is growing by leaps and bounds. And, free speech? Well, it’s free to those who threaten to murder and dominate the world. It’s not free to those, in France, anyway, who disclose or complain about it.

Move on to the Netherlands, where the banner of liberalism and tolerance has always been an example to the rest of the world. Not any more. Parliamentarian Geert Wilders, had produced a film (Fitna) exposing the dangers of the radical side of Islam, not only in his country, but the world in general. A Dutch appellate court has recently imposed a muzzle, ordering the prosecution of Mr. Wilders, charging him with inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims. That’s a big score for the jihadists.

Naturally, one might ask about charging radical Islamists who make a habit out of inciting hatred. What is being done about them? Perhaps the Dutch authorities should monitor what they teach little kids in the mosques that are under the auspices of Wahhabi funding from Saudi Arabia, one of the most radical of all.

So much for free speech.

The following article/link also has a link to the movie Fitna, which is a worthwhile ten-minutes.

 Click here: Death to Free Speech in the Netherlands

The radicals have high powered lawyers lurking in every country making sure that they, you and I are all intimidated enough to keep muzzled. No matter what country, when someone like Brigitte Gabriel, Daniel Pipes or little old me, speaks out to inform Americans by telling the truth, we might be subject to gag-style lawsuits. Sure, we would win, but thousands would have to be spent in defense of the right to free speech. The radicals don’t care…they have millions to lose. Thus, the Dutch now remain quiet. So to the English, the French, and the Germans. Shhh. Don’t say anything that can be perceived as critical of Islam or you’re in big trouble.
Theo Van Gogh was a film maker who produced Submission, which told about conditions for women living in radical Islam. He was shot and then stabbed to death in an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a radical jihadist. From jail, his killer proudly announced he would do it all over again in the name of Allah.
The film was made with the assistance of writer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali immigrant apostate who fled from an arranged marriage. She is now under constant police protection after receiving many death threats.

The six flying Imams of Minneapolis certainly set up a challenge to free speech in 2006 when they boarded an airplane for no other reason but to act like idiots, with deliberate quirky behavior which scared the hell out of passengers. That, plus a “spontaneous” call to prayer on the concourse next to the boarding gate which was recorded — curiously — by news cameras that just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Hmmm.

CAIR, (Council on American Islamic Relations) the so-called “ACLU” for Muslims in America, took up the cause for the flying Imams and filed a lawsuit against the airline and several unnamed passengers. Though the suit was lost, the goal was clearly to frighten and intimidate Americans in general from reporting suspicious behavior, especially when it involves Muslims.

This is not going away. The muzzle on free speech is sure to become a contentious issue as the years pass and our enemies grow in strength. It portends the first of many steps toward dismantling our democracy.

Meanwhile, Americans should keep an eye on the rejuvenation of the Fairness Doctrine. While this issue has nothing to do with Islamic affairs, it is nevertheless a looming threat to free speech on the airways in order to suppress one side of the political spectrum and enhance the other. When it was law, radio and television broadcasters were under obligation to present two sides of an argument. It was finally ruled a violation of free speech by the FCC and abolished in the 1980s. Yes, it does foster right wingers and left wingers to air their one-sided points of view on America’s radios, such as Rush Limbaugh and/or Randi Rhodes. But whether they are right or wrong in their opinions, these people are protected under the First Amendment to espouse their views as much as any other American.

This is a pending movement to curb the exercise of free speech. Several lawmakers in congress are stirring the pot, such as Sen. Dick Durbin, “It’s time to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.”

Try Sen. John Kerry, “I think the Fairness Doctrine ought to be there.”

At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in 2008, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked, “Do you support revival of the Fairness Doctrine?”

Her answer. “Yes.”

Talk radio has been dominated more by conservative hosts than liberal. Thus, the liberal side is preparing to muzzle the opposition by reenacting a law that will curb free speech. Whether right or left, democrat or republican, people should know this is a dangerous step in the wrong direction that will have far reaching ramifications, not limited to the stifling of Rush Limbaugh.

Write/call/your congressional representatives. We don’t want to go the route of Europe.

I’ve often been asked why I bother with these issues, writing books, articles and blogs about radicalism and the infringement of freedom for our grandchildren down the road. People ask if I am afraid.

Why should I have to think of being afraid? When I ever have to shut up, they — the enemy — will win. You, Americans, lose. Multiply my situation times many hundreds like me.

Without free speech, we will ultimately be relegated as a nation to the history books.