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The Totalitarians Among Us

November 1, 2009

Why are Temple students more worried about Geert Wilders than these people?

This is a month in which the president of the United States has co-sponsored a UN resolution with the police state of Egypt to ban speech that defames religion; a month in which the Democratic Party has placed an amendment on a defense appropriations bill to make anti-gay speech a thought crime, and in which the White House has launched an all-out attack on the Fox News Channel because it didn’t like what Fox commentators were saying.  And instead of reacting with appropriate horror at an assault on the free press not seen since the days of Joseph McCarthy, a leading “liberal” pundit, TIME columnist Joe Klein has called Fox’s behavior “seditious” and thus helped to set the stage for making criticism of government a “hate crime.”

How deeply entrenched is this totalitarian virus in our national culture? A column appearing yesterday in the Temple University press indicates that it is already an integral element of the curriculum of our schools. The column by a student named Josh Fernandez is a condemnation of the recent appearance at Temple of the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders who is under indictment in the Netherlands for defaming Islam, specifically for a fifteen minute film he made about Islam called “Fitna” which explains why so many atrocities have been committed (and are currently being committed) in its name. Under pressure from Islamic totalitarians, Europeans are already well on their way to outlawing free speech.

Note that the Temple column was protesting the right of Wilders to speak at all and was part of a concerted effort by the Muslim Students Association (which is a notorious supporter of the Islamic jihad) and Temple leftists to stop the Wilders event. Three Temple administrators participated in this effort telling the students who sponsored the event along with the David Horowitz Freedom Center that “foreigners don’t have free speech rights in America.” Under this university pressure, the College Republicans withdrew from sponsorship of the event and the Temple student government condemned it.

Fernandez’s column begins by quoting Wilders himself:

“I know that some of you here were very much against me speaking tonight, and to those that opposed me coming here, I would to like to quote the very famous British author George Orwell,” Wilders said in his opening, “‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’”

But showing that he didn’t understand a word Wilders said, and without missing a beat, Fernandez follows this quote with a perfectly Orwellian statement of his own:

“It’s not that Temple students didn’t want Wilders to exercise his right to ‘tell people what they do not want to hear,’ but they didn’t want to hear hateful rhetoric…”

Free speech – which is precisely the freedom to speak what is hateful to others – is our most sacred right. It is the foundation of all our other freedoms. The difference between a free society and a fear society, as Natan Sharansky has put it, is that in a free society you can speak your mind in public and not worry whether the government will come after you for having said it. In a sense this is the only freedom we have because without it the party in control of the state will have no opposition. It will simply outlaw the opposition as hateful. Under Stalin the hate crime was being “anti-Soviet.”

Later on in his column Fernandez writes:

“Wilders claims to make a distinction between ‘the [Muslim] people [whom he supports] and the ideology’ of Islam [which he condemns], but when he spouts hateful statements, such as ‘Western culture is far better than the Islamic culture, and we should defend it,’ he counteracts his alleged distinction.”

How quickly hate speech is redefined as standing up for the freedoms your country has, which Islamic totalitarianism denies (and which thus makes your country better.) And this in the city of Philadelphia, the birthplace of American liberty.

America’s first and most fundamental freedom is under concerted attack. The attack originates with Islamic jihadists and their liberal collaborators, but it is being supported by useful fools and the seriously confused. This series of events should be a wake-up call to all Americans. The hour is already late.

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  1. Linda Rivera permalink
    November 1, 2009 9:56 am

    David Horowitz: ‘This is a month in which the president of the United States has co-sponsored a UN resolution with the police state of Egypt to ban speech that defames religion.’ The religion of course, is Islam. This is how Muslim Egypt treats Egyptian Christian girls:

    Abduction and Forced Islamization of Christian Coptic Girls Continues in Egypt

    (AINA) — The systematic abduction and forced Islamization of Coptic minor girls in Egypt is a frequent, dangerous and a rapidly escalating phenomenon, The problem was brought to light by the Coptic Pope Shenouda III as far back as December 17th, 1976, when he protested during a conference held in Alexandria that “there is pressure being practiced to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands” and demanded that the abducted girls be brought back to their families.

    Dr. Waheed Ala, renowned Coptic activist and researcher at the Observatory of Religions in Switzerland, believes that the issue of abducted Coptic girls forms the most complex problem in the relations between Christians and Muslims of Egypt — especially because abductions are done in cooperation between Saudi-funded associations and the Egyptian State Security.

    These frequent abduction cases are reported by Coptic human rights advocacies but rarely by the main stream media, and when, they are mostly portrayed as ‘an elopement of a loving teen couple.

    …in the majority of cases, the State Security is the one who masterminds the kidnapping plans.”

    No protests from the U.S. government or CAIR. SILENCE IS CONSENT.

    The U.S. gifts Egypt with 2.2 billion dollars every year.

    The U.S./Islamic ban on speech is a weapon used against us. People don’t lie about Islam. People tell the TRUTH about Islam and are persecuted and prosecuted not just by Islam but by non-Muslim Western courts and leaders. It is Western leaders who in many different ways, are actively aiding and abetting Islam’s global jihad against the world’s innocents.

    The US/EU/UK and other Western countries finance the PLO/Palestinian Authority Muslim terrorist organization. The U.S. promised 980 million dollars to Hamas-controlled Gaza. The PA/PLO continually receive advanced military training and mega weapons from the U.S. in the war against Jews. The terrorists have said they use everything they learn from the Americans against Israelis. The hypocrites call this ‘the peace process’.

    On the side of the KLA Muslim terrorist organization, the US/NATO waged barbaric war against innocent Christian Serbs in Kosovo in the nineties. During the Second World War, an entire village of courageous Serbs where horribly put to death for refusing to disclose where Americans and allies were being hidden by the Serbs.

    G-D, the Bible, Christianity and Judaism are despised and hated by Western leaders. Islam is preferred, even though Muslims declare their goal is global Islamic conquest and subjugation of all humanity under cruel Islamic sharia law where non-Muslims have no human rights. We are betrayed by our own leaders.

  2. Linda Rivera permalink
    November 1, 2009 10:14 am

    Anti-Free World Netherlands SHOCKING ATTACK on Western Civilization

    Leaflets were distributed in major British cities which included slogans such as: “The final hour will not come until the Muslims kill the Jews.”

    Britain’s response? “police appeared reluctant to prosecute because the calls to fight the Jews were carefully couched in quotes from the Koran.”

    Does Britain believe it’s acceptable to call for the murder of Jews and other innocents because it’s in the Koran? In a frightening violation of the Peoples’ right to protection, the UK respected the public call to murder Jews because it’s in the Koran!

    In Europe & other countries, Muslim mobs shout in our streets: ‘Jews to the Ovens’, ‘All Jews to the Gas`.
    What is the European response to this great evil? They are persecuting innocent Geert Wilders! A frightened European asks: “When can we expect Kristallnacht part 2?”

    Wilders’ film, Fitna, is the words of the Koran and Muslims. Why is Geert Wilders being punished for the WORDS of the KORAN and MUSLIMS?

    “the umbrella group for Dutch Muslims said that the film does not insult their religion”

    In prosecuting innocent Geert Wilders, the Netherlands is declaring non-Muslims have no human rights. No right to protest against the violent Islamic written and verbal calls for our murders. The Netherlands betrays all of innocent humanity. And so does the U.S., co-sponsor of the UN resolution with the police state of Egypt to ban speech that defames religion. Our safety and freedom is rapidly being destroyed.

    Sign petition:

    Protect Wilders/Free World: Gobal street demonstrations for Wilders!

    PA Muslims CELEBRATE Murder of Americans 9/11

    • Cate permalink
      November 2, 2009 3:47 pm

      Linda Rivera, you are absolutely right! Thanks for giving links to the mentioned articles. I recall an interview with Kurt Westergaard where he says that he will never apologize for drawing the cartoons and that if everybody (including governments) who was threatened by Muslim extremists actually stood up to them and refused to back down, then the problem of these threats would gradually go away. They cannot kill everyone. We could use the analogy of the spoiled child. The more one tries to appease and please the child, the more they demand. THIS APPEASEMENT NEVER WORKS! Any child psychologist knows that! The more one stands up to these tantrums, the more the child will slowly get in line and behave. One might have to put up with several long screaming fits in the interrum, but in the long run both you and the child will be better off. Naturally, one had to vigilant to relapses and be ready to pounce at the slightest sign of a recurrence of bad behaviour, but that is better than grovelling and apologising.

  3. Anastasia permalink
    November 1, 2009 2:30 pm

    It is very distressing to realise that this young man Fernandez doesn’t seem to have the slightest idea about what freedom entails — is this the result of a university education? What is hateful about speaking the truth? Has truth itself become the latest ‘hate crime’? It is a FACT that certain people in the Islamic umma seek to destroy the West, kill all the Jews and dominate the world. Please, Mr Fernandez start researching what is happening all over the world. Put your mind and your education at the service of truth, not fascism.

  4. Walt permalink
    November 1, 2009 10:24 pm

    “Wilders claims to make a distinction between ‘the [Muslim] people [whom he supports] and the ideology’ of Islam [which he condemns], but when he spouts hateful statements, such as ‘Western culture is far better than the Islamic culture, and we should defend it,’ he counteracts his alleged distinction.”

    Does Mr. Fernandez even understand what he is saying? Is a person simply an ideology/culture? This is a very dehumanizing assertion. Also, are all cultures and societies to be held in equal regard? By this logic, you could have justified hushing all criticism of slavery in the Old South, since it would have beeen deemed hateful by at least the planter class and its supporters in the North. William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips would have been considered divisive and hateful for their abolitionist activities. Mr. Fernandez has sided with slavery.

  5. Anastasia permalink
    November 1, 2009 11:27 pm

    Walt — these kids aren’t taught to think anymore — of course Western civilisation is better than the Islamic cultures — one only has to look at the economics and short life spans of people living in Islamic cultures — their GNP, their productivity, the general well being of the people. Islamic cultures stagnate — only those which have put Islam aside as a system of governaunce such as Malaysia and Turkey, are developing at all. Islam forbids critical thinking. Seems like US universities are going the same way,

  6. valhalla permalink
    November 2, 2009 2:40 am

    Actually the intellectual student has a point. Any speech that is used in a hateful or perjorative manner is “hateful speech” and should be prosecuted. Some examples: redneck, Amerika, WASP, Dead White Europeans, Founding Fathers, trailer trash, conservatives, gringo, Uncle Tom, oreo, banana, whites, Jew, Israel(i), Christian, military, soldier.

    Any person using these terms in a hateful manner (public or private) is a Thought Criminal and must be punished by time in prison. In private conversations only one informant is necessary to say that the person spoke thusly to her/him.

    When all criminals using “hateful speech” are apprehended and punished then the rest of us can be free from any thought.

    • Kevroc permalink
      November 3, 2009 11:55 pm

      Is this sarcasm?

  7. Southern Hoosier permalink
    November 2, 2009 4:15 am

    Fernandez wrote
    “…..but when he spouts hateful statements, such as ‘Western culture is far better than the Islamic culture, and we should defend it,’ he counteracts his alleged distinction.”

    If Western culture is no better than Islamic culture, then why are people like him here? He needs to move to some Islamic paradise like Iran, Afghanistan or Pakistan.

  8. Joseph White permalink
    November 2, 2009 8:46 am

    I don’t understand why anyone would defend a religion that makes slaves out of black people, whores out our daughters, and cuts peoples heads off for just disagreeing with “holy scripture.”

    Could it be that half of the world has lost its mind and the other half is so scared that they won’t even defend themselves?

    Let’s go over a few things that the “Peaceful” religion of Islam has done lately.

    1) Islamic fanatics kill each other, as evidenced by bombs in marketplaces, the green zone, and polling places.

    2) Islamic fanatics grow and sell drugs, in direct defiance of the Quran.

    3) Islamic fanatics use the courts to tell people to shut up, or die.

    4) Islamic fanatics put hate literature right out in the foyers of their mosques

    5) Islamic fanatics store weapons in their holy places and then cry when those places are attacked.

    6) According to the Quran, it’s okay to lie (Even when under oath) to those who don’t believe in Mohammed.

    7) Islamic fanatics kill their daughters for tarnishing their reputations.

    8 ) Islamic fanatics forcibly convert young christian girls to Islam and enslave them.

    9) Islamic fanatics force their women to cover their beauty, because they are such immature children that they get hard-on’s seeing skin.

    10) Islamic fanatics send innocent children to do their dirty work, rather than doing it themselves.

    and all of this is done in the name of a god of death. A god who doesn’t listen to the cries of his followers, unless they kill the innocent.

    This is why Islam should go from religion to death cult, and be treated no better than satanism.

  9. November 2, 2009 10:01 am

    Excellent column that illuminates the strange complicity with totalitarians and documents a widespread alienation from enlightenment ideals of free speech – in the United States and Western Europe.

    Let me share an excellent quote that might appeal to free-thinking liberals and leftists who have wandered from enlightenment ideals from journalist I.F. Stone.
    “Even under the worst dictator, it is not forbidden to agree with him. It is the freedom to disagree that is freedom of speech.”

    Perhaps some of these deluded leftists need to read I.F. Stone’s fascinating book, “The Trial of Socrates” to appreciate our free speech tradition.

  10. Freeme permalink
    November 2, 2009 10:30 am

    to Mr. ‘V’…did you write the script for “Minority Report”? You’re a good comrade, now take it some where your Marx idea is practiced.

  11. Len Powder permalink
    November 2, 2009 8:21 pm

    Mr. Fernandez has made the arrogant assumption that HE is the final authority on what represents “hate speech”. His condemnation of Mr. Wilders, in his feeble and confused mind, does not represent “hate speech”. Liberals are the world’s premier hypocrites and they suffer from a mental disorder which prevents them from accurate self-perception. To them if what they hear sounds “hateful” it must be so. At the same time the vitriol from their mouths directed at anyone they disagree with represents justice and the highest moral standards.

    They are a waste of time listening to, talking to, or even noticing. They should be condemned and ignored – nothing more, nothing less. Their self-serving hypocrisy and propaganda is self-evident. There’s no reasoning with it or understanding it. It is what it is and will NEVER change. I could care less what Mr. Fernandez thinks or says. I consider the source and shut it off.


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