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Islam and the self-censoring of Europe

Read and be very worried for one of the hardest-won freedoms of the western world – the core freedom to challenge all ideas, philosophies or religions in the court of public opinion.

A world where native citizens of Europe, the culture where democracy was invented and defined by Aristotle as “free citizens deliberating the question: how shall we order our lives together?”, can no longer deliberate certain questions deemed “unacceptable” by an intimidated elite. Where speaking the truth in public argument on a matter of existential importance to society is no defense against conviction for ‘insulting speech’; where one is not judged by one’s peers but by a panel of state censors.

Albrechtsen on Bolt and the thought-police

This is a must-read in today’s Australian on the right to argue our case and provoke opposition in the public square, even if – and especially if – somebody is offended by our opinion. Our politicians have an urgent task on their hands: to hack away the suffocating tangle of ‘vilification laws’, the despicable soft-tyranny of those who would determine the parameters of acceptable, progressive opinion. 

Free speech is not a Left v Right thing, as Steyn said. It’s a free v unfree thing. The case against Bolt shows we are all unfree.

Gay marriage – it’s all about the child

In response to the ugly article by Courier Mail resident writer Paul Syvret, the Family Council Of Qld was able to get a right of reply – and my article can be read online HERE. At last count it had 400+ comments and 1600+ Facebook ‘Likes’, which I am told counts forsomething.

It starts:

Gays are not second-class citizens (Viewpoint 9/11) but a gay man certainly makes a second-class mother. Two lesbian women may be model citizens, but neither of them can be a Dad to a little boy. The most serious objection to gay marriage is that it means gay parenting, and gay parenting means depriving a child of either his mother or his father. The gay marriage debate, at its heart, is not about the rights and needs of the adults, but of the child.

Tyranny ancient & modern

Mrs BibiTell me how this act of totalitarian violence in Pakistan is any less evil than the burning of protestant heretics or the execution of Soviet class-enemies. Today, in democratic Pakistan, a Christian mother of five is denounced by some Muslim women for allegedly saying disparaging things about Mohammed – a Muslim religious figure to whom the Christian woman has no connection or loyalty – and a court in Pakistan condemns her to hang for blasphemy.

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