By Selwyn Duke
Recently I wrote about the Tucson Unified School District, where the powers-that-be decided that punishment should be meted out based on racial quotas. And during the last couple of days I posted videos of British citizens being punished for expressing politically incorrect ideas (one couple ran afoul of the “law,” to use the term loosely, because they had the temerity to debate religion with a Moslem). Now there is another story out of the U.K. that’s in the same vein. It concerns a school named Ridgeway, a place in which the administrators were so afraid of being branded “racists” (among the other psychological problems with which they, being thoroughly modern liberals, are no doubt afflicted) that they refused to hold minority students accountable for misbehavior. What was the result?
Free Speech is Dead in England – Conquered by Islam
Could you imagine being brought up on criminal charges simply for debating religion with a Moslem? Well, that’s exactly what happened to the two English Christians featured in this news report.
After Ben And Sharon Vogelenzang engaged in a debate about faith with an Islamic woman, the latter complained that she felt “offended” by their beliefs. This led to the arrest of the couple, who now face a criminal trial on December 8.
Sadly, this is not that unusual in the U.K., as numerous Englishmen have been arrested for “hate speech,” specious “racial offenses” or some variation thereof. In fact, I will shortly post a second video about another U.K. Christian who was persecuted for expressing her beliefs.
This should serve as a shot across the bow to all of us. Make no mistake, unless something upsets the apple cart (which is likely), we’ll see hate-speech laws in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.
Oh, would anyone like to hazard a guess on whether or not the Moslem woman in this case was arrested? Well, I guess all offense is equal, but some is more equal than others.
Paging George Orwell.
Those who would accuse Barack Obama of pandering to — if not sympathy for — Islamists have been handed some powerful new ammunition. In a disturbing move, the Obama administration is joining Muslim nations in supporting a UN resolution restricting criticism of religion, a measure reflective of those nations’ blasphemy laws.
Treating the matter in USA Today, Professor Jonathan Turley writes:
While attracting surprisingly little attention, the Obama administration supported the effort of largely Muslim nations in the U.N. Human Rights Council to recognize exceptions to free speech for any “negative racial and religious stereotyping.” The exception was made as part of a resolution supporting free speech that passed this month, but it is the exception, not the rule that worries civil libertarians…. It is viewed as a transparent bid to appeal to the “Muslim street” and our Arab allies, with the administration seeking greater coexistence through the curtailment of objectionable speech. Though it has no direct enforcement (and is weaker than earlier versions), it is still viewed as a victory for those who sought to juxtapose and balance the rights of speech and religion.
Read the rest here.