It’s been some time since I posted, but bear with me dear reader, or stumbler upon, it is not as though I have not been thinking about politics. The riots in the Middle East and across the world recently in Islamic countries and parts of Europe and the UK were certainly ah, bracing. Free speech, even in the USA, is threatened as never before and the world is teetering on the precipice of WWIII as Iran makes a bee line toward nuclear weapons. If Iran attacks Israel, and they fully intend to do so, they have stated they will again and again and — again, Iran also will attack our ships in the region and bases. There you have it — the ignition of a conflict that can widen in scope and intensity like nothing we have seen since the thirties. Russia on the side of Iran along with China. And, Obama dithers on “The View” instead of meeting with Netanyahu, even if Netanyahu will go to where he is, and even though Netanyahu is requesting, with some urgency, a meeting. Obama also then refuses to meet with any leaders at the UN during its recent conference. Hillary was there to hold earnest meetings in his stead while he campaigned and appeared on Letterman, “Pimp with a Limp” and other venues. This country apologizes, again and again, through the Obama administration and straight from his lips, for that ridiculous film, for free speech, while mouthing feeble defenses of that same freedom of speech out of the other side of its mouth. The world of radical Islam hears only the apologies, and the regrets and disavowal of a silly trailer of a movie only fifteen minutes long and looking as though it were made by Ed Wood and — continues to riot and demands, along with the head of the United Nations, that free speech be curbed if it is deemed to be blasphemy.
Even some people I know are on FB calling out for stronger “hate speech” laws in this country. This, instead of defending free speech.
One of the issues that drove me from the left was the issue of free speech and “hate speech”. I remember being on blogs that were organized around certain communities, say of FTMs, and of seeing hapless folks being harassed or threatened with censure if they used certain words or phrases. Words like “lame” or phrases like “retarded question”. I have seen leftists go apoplectic over the idea that the cover of a book with King Kong on it, is somehow a racial slur and that King Kong is a stand-in for African American men. I have been told that because I am not an academic (and I can be thankful for that), I don’t “understand” how that image of the monstrous beast is connected historically and viscerally to African American males. Frankly, I think its an obscene and racist thought to even have, let alone seriously entertain, but it *is * entertained and even considered sacrosanct among the academics out there who appear to enjoy looking for images to pick out as “racist”.
And, of course, now the opposition to Obama’s presidency is — all mired and based in “racism”. Right.
The war on free speech that is happening right now, at the UN, worldwide in the press and most certainly in the academy (see speech codes on campus), is something to watch if you write, or if you wish to be able to live in a society that is not underwritten and undermined by totalitarianism. It’s that simple.
Here: <a href=”http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/120925/muslim-nations-push-international-blasphemy-law”> Muslim Nations Push for International Blasphemy Laws </a>
And, from the article:
“The United Nations, at the behest of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will debate, once again, the merit of blasphemy laws that could potentially criminalize religious defamation.
“We are living through a period of unease,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week. “We are also seeing incidents of intolerance and hatred that are then exploited by others. Voices of moderation and calm need to make themselves heard at this time. We all need to speak up in favor of mutual respect and understanding of the values and beliefs of others.”
Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, points out in the Washington Post that “since 1999, the 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has sought to include the issue of religious defamation in UN Human Rights Council resolutions.”
And, make no mistake, Obama has already cast his lot with this international law. Here:
<a href=”http://factreal.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/obamas-blasphemy-law-to-protect-islam/”> Obama’s blasphemy law to protect Islam </a>
From the Heritage Foundation as quoted in the above link from FactReal:
“As recently as December 19, 2011, the U.S. voted for and was instrumental in passing ‘U.N. Resolution 16/18’ against ‘religious intolerance,’ ‘condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion.’ While this may sound innocuous, it was the latest incarnation of a highly controversial ‘anti-blasphemy’ resolution that has been pushed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the United Nations since 1999.”
Make no mistake, as Coptic Christians are being murdered in Egypt along with Buddhists in Thailand, and anti-Jewish material circulates freely and in abundance in the Middle East and other Islamic strongholds, this law is NOT to protect religious minorities but to seal the mouths shut of any who would dare to criticize Islam. And, our President has supported this.
Every American should be outraged.