Muslim Apologist in ‘Arab News’: Hate speech vs. free speech

No two words in America’s constitutional law are more everyday, more commonplace and even more pedestrian, than “free speech.” But the significant role they play in the public debate — protecting people’s right to impart and receive ideas — also makes them sacrosanct.

The law, however, draws a distinction, attenuated though the distinction may be, between free speech and hate speech, or, if you wish, between vilification and the protections afforded the vilifier by the First Amendment.

What do we do, in other words, when there are individuals in our community who are so demented, mean-spirited or racist that they are wily enough to use one of the country’s most cherished freedoms in order to insult, slander and mock others in pursuit of promoting a reprehensible cause like Islamophobia in America?

Clearly, the answer is self-evident: We must do everything to deter them from successfully leveraging the First Amendment privileges as a defense of their right to incite others to violence.

You probably had not heard of a disturbed woman — and this columnist is not the first political commentator to identify her as such — called Pamela Geller, who heads a group called Stop the Islamization of America, that is, till late last week, after she sponsored an incendiary anti-Muslim event in Garland, Texas, an event that she effectively wished would conclude in an act of violence. Well, her wish was granted…

There is no ‘hate speech’ exception. The writer suggests ‘we must do everything’ to prevent ‘hate speech’.  Does that include using violence? 

The idea that Pamela Geller was hoping for violence is absurd. How could she be so certain that she herself wouldn’t be the target (she likely was) and that the killers wouldn’t succeed?

  • Pamela Geller is a first rate free speech defender. Those who want to shut her up know that, and therefore are trying their best to do so.

    • Frau Katze

      More Islamic supremacism.

  • tom_billesley

    How can a phobia be a cause? Twaddle.

    • Gary

      True, it’s like having a groups of bee Keepers suddenly attacking an event for people that fear bees with a real phobia.

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    • dagawker

      The comments on the CBC facebook page with this vid are something to behold,scrambling incoherence at best.
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      • eMan14

        My Goodness… Ayaan Hirsi Ali just pooped on the CBC Islamic narrative.

  • Minicapt

    Generally, Arab ‘thinkers’ don’t.


  • Xavier

    The purpose of the drawing contest was not violence; it was to expose creeping sharia and the dhimmis who support it.

    And it worked even better than expected.

  • Gary

    Local Imams in Texas boasted that no muslim’s showed up to hold a mass protest outside the Centre.
    But that just makes it worse because muslims said the jews didn’t come to work on 09/11 if they worked in the WTC towers, so it looks like muslims were tipped off about the jihad and told to stay away because i have yet to any non-muslim’s protest and event where Muslims didn’t show up to get on the news or some cause trouble and play the victim.