We must have the freedom to mock Islam

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? Louis Smith, the gymnast, is the latest to fall foul of the weird new rule against ridiculing Islam. A leaked video shows Smith laughing as his fellow gymnast, Luke Carson, pretends to pray and chants ‘Allahu Akbar’. Smith says something derogatory about the belief in ‘60 virgins’ (he means 72 virgins). Following a firestorm online, and the launch of an investigation by British Gymnastics, Smith has engaged in some pretty tragic contrition. He says he is ‘deeply sorry’ for the ‘deep offence’ he caused. He’s now basically on his knees for real, praying for pity, begging for forgiveness from the guardians of what may be thought and said.

  • QiPo

    Telling the TRUTH about islam mocks it the most. I don’t tell jokes about islam because there is over 1,400 years of unfunny misery this plague has foisted upon our planet. TRUTH is what islam and its followers hate the most.

    • Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

    • Exile1981

      Funny enough that the human rights tribunals have claimed telling the truth about islam is a hate crime.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Isn’t it true that many of it’s adherents have never read the texts themselves?
      I have read conversion stories where people have read it, and left the cult after realizing what was in it.

  • Dana Garcia

    A big problem here is that the left has chosen allahbots to be part of their diverse coalition. So objections to Islamic ideology are criticized as RACISM, aka the magic kiss of death.

  • During WWII everybody made fun of the Nazis because they were our mortal enemies — until the Global Islamic Jihad, Nazism was the most savage enemy of human conscience in modern history. It was the very definition of psychopathology.

    The following is the humorous schoolyard chant I learned as a kid brought to us by our returning WWII Vets (sung to the tune of “Whistle While You Work” with whistling in between verses):

    Whistle while you work
    Hitler is a jerk
    Mussolini bit his weenie
    Now it doesn’t work

    And I should mention that my father was full-blooded native-born Italian immigrant who came to Canada on a grain boat — a “WOP” (WithOut Papers) in every sense of the word. Yet it never crossed my mind that the above anti-Nazi, anti-fascist anti-Mussolini chant was directed toward me or any other member of my Italian family. I happily chanted and mocked Nazism and Fascism together with my schoolmates.

    My point is this whole “Islamophobia” thing is a ruse — Islamist agents have obviously infiltrated the West, to a degree the Nazis and Fascists could have only dreamed of during WWII. Evidence: the latter never succeeded in the slightest in stifling our free speech.

    • Addenda:
      The kids modern rendition of the traditional song “Whistle While You Work”, originally from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)!

    • Norman_In_New_York
      • A Hamilton Guy

        I love it.

      • Right on. And when you think about it there was nothing really “cruel” or “hateful” against the German people in that satirical piece. It was simply a humorous way of blowing off steam in otherwise extremely dark and morbid circumstances during WWII. I think any psychiatrist would have to admit that humorously mocking one’s enemies like that would be a healthy coping strategy.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The left wing right wing thing is a useful lie for the totalitarians.

      • I think you’re right about that. But we are forced to debate the totalitarians in the only language they understand.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I know but they don’t even understand what they are talking about.
          How can a freedom loving conservative get tarred as a right wing Nazi but not as a left wing Communist/Socialist?
          I have taken pains in arguments to first define the terms under which we will discuss things.
          If I can’t get past that stage then I have nothing to talk to them about.
          Saves time.

          • It is a strange debate indeed. When we realize that the popularly defined terms are based on false assumptions in the first place. I don’t mean to be a cop-out, but when things get that confusing is when I tend to turn to God.