Originally published via Armageddon Prose:
(Cont. from The Neocon Jihad Against Free Speech Goes Full-Tilt)
Millenia-old religious conflicts on far-off continents that occasionally erupt in hot war are, if nothing else, an occasion for the U.S. government to muzzle more of its citizens’ speech rights under the guise of combatting “hate speech.”
Via Chicago Sun Times:
“The administration ‘will develop the first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia in the United States. We look forward to continuing our work with community leaders, advocates, members of Congress, and more to develop the strategy — which will be a joint effort led by the Domestic Policy Council and the National Security Council — and counter the scourge of Islamophobia and hate in all its forms. For too long, Muslims in America, and those perceived to be Muslim, such as Arabs and Sikhs, have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks and other discriminatory incidents.’”
That a government entity called the “National Security Council” should be concerned with policing speech arbitrarily labeled “Islamophobic” by an organization like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is now simply taken as granted – no debate, no pressing questions. People expressing themselves in unapproved manners is now a national security risk, and that’s that.
Via ABC News:
“”For too long, Muslims in America, and those perceived to be Muslim, such as Arabs and Sikhs, have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks and other discriminatory incidents,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Wednesday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, said it has received 774 complaints of bias-related incidents since the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel.”
And what constitutes an “Islamophobic” “bias-related incident,” precisely in this postmodern hellscape in which words have no objective meaning?
Matt Walsh does an excellent breakdown of one such incident recorded by CAIR, which the government is now relying on to justify its crackdown, in which a veritable horde of pro-Palestinian protesters shut down a street, surrounded a car, and stomped on it and kicked the windshield. The driver, surrounded with no escape route and legitimately fearful for his life, brandished a knife to stave the attackers off.
And this act of self-defense, per CAIR and the Karamel-uh entity, qualifies as a “hate crime,” apparently, despite the total lack of evidence that the alleged perpetrator acted out of any religious or ethnic malice.
Fuck CAIR and fuck the ADL – which is also pushing for more censorship in the name of fighting “antisemitism.” These are two sides of the same coin, as far as I’m concerned.
Each and every foreign national employee of each organization who is actively working to suppress speech in the United States and is not a citizen should be either prosecuted or deported immediately. No more visas, ever, should be issued for this un-American trash. And we should tolerate no more citations of their bilge by the government to shut down speech.
Even if the term meant anything concrete (it doesn’t), hate speech is free speech – no exceptions, no caveats, no compromises.
Ben Bartee, author of Broken English Teacher: Notes From Exile, is an independent Bangkok-based American journalist with opposable thumbs.
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