Hate Speech Evolves

England is getting quite serious about efforts to avoid causing any offense to Muslims. Muslims, unlike, say, Christians, will kill you for offending them, and the legislators in the UK apparently respect this quite a bit.  Of course, my comment does not apply to all Muslims, but the fraction to whom it does apply is significant, and very visible when “provoked” by anything that is perceived to insult their faith.

So, recently, a public speaker was arrested for what he said. Interestingly, the offending part of his speech was when he quoted Winston Churchill, word-for-word. That was evidently too much, and the British bobbies were called in and hauled him off. Here are the details:

Paul Weston, the chairman of a new political party in the United Kingdom called Liberty GB, was making a speech Saturday outside the Winchester Guildhall in Hampshire when suddenly everything went wrong. Weston made the mistake of quoting a notorious Islamophobe, whereupon a woman in the audience, disgusted by this hate speech, contacted police, and Weston was duly arrested.

Here is the Churchill speech, the utterance by that “notorious Islamophobe,” that got Weston in trouble when he quoted it:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.

This IS tough on Muslims, though not as bad as what Democratic leaders in the US (from Obama to Reid to Pelosi to Schultz et cetera) regularly assert about limited-government conservatives like me. We are simply less dangerous to them, being (by our nature and philosophy) inclined to abide by laws. We’re safe to trash and, at the moment, it’s quite trendy to do so.

A Cultural Sandwich

The article uses a fair amount of sarcasm in discussing this UK incident, and is mildly amusing — except for the grim implications. Also discussed is the UK’s “multicultural” approach to food — as illustrated by the fact that [edit: some, under pressure from Muslims] Subway restaurants have been forced to remove all food that is offensive to Muslims. So, no ham, no pork, no food at all that is not “halal” is allowed in any of [edit: about 200 of the roughly 1,500] Subway sandwich shops there. This approach to “multi”-culturalism is exactly wrong, in that only a single culture is supported. You can have anything you want, as long as it is Islam-compatible.

The UK has been notorious in recent years for barring entry to people who are critical of jihadism, and thus would be offensive to Muslims. In theory, Muslims should be more outraged at jihadists than others, because the jihadists are making them look bad. Some Muslims, probably many, feel just that way — but are keenly aware that those who voice such an opinion are routinely attacked and killed, even in Western countries. There are Muslims openly critical of the faith’s excesses, and they are often spotted by their bodyguards. Sometimes, of course, those prove insufficient.

A Moderate Purge

Some years ago, during the 1990s, there was a surge of killings of moderate Muslims across the Middle East, and to a lesser extent in Western countries. You have a problem with the Muslim Brotherhood’s plans to destroy the West and establish a global Caliphate? Then you do not deserve to live, in their view. Hundreds of clerical leaders of just such a moderate stripe were killed, and others decided to go with the flow and say nothing. The number of outspoken moderate Muslims in most of the Middle Eastern countries  is now very close to zero.

The result is now that of the living top 50 influential Muslims, a great many of them are openly jihadist in their leanings and advocacy. Most are not personally active terrorists — but they are inspirations to terrorists around the world, and their speeches are used to launch attacks on the West, on Israel, and on Muslims who are not sufficiently jihadist for their taste. One obvious example is Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, whose radio program with 60 million listeners (carried on al Jazeera Radio) regularly contains exhortations to kill Christians and drive Jews into the sea, mixed in with more arcane theological discussions such as the size of the rod that it is appropriate to use for beating your disobedient wife.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle