Free speech and contrasting attitudes to Islam and the rest of us

I found this and similar images with ease using Google image search by entering, “Islam is the best religion” (the phrase came up as a Google ‘suggestion’). If you replace ‘Islam’ with ‘Christianity’ you get a bunch of complaining atheists and co-exist symbols.  Try it yourself (it might have come up as a suggestion due to previous searches I have made).

Walter Lippmann began writing The Public Philosophy in 1938 and completed it in 1955. His words have particular relevance today when the Obama administration tries to “discredit stories and sources and reporters that the powers-that-be don’t like”…

…Thus, as Lippmann explains, freedom of speech ultimately becomes “such a hullabaloo of sophistry, propaganda, special pleading, lobbying, and salesmanship that it is difficult to remember why freedom of speech is worth the pain and trouble of defending it.”

Therein lies the crux of the matter. As the government whittles away freedoms, the people become exhausted and dejected and eventually surrender because it is just easier than speaking up.

To wit, at a college where I teach, the internet security policy has now restricted access to the site “Religion of Peace.” Under the category of “Hate/Racism,” “access to this site is blocked according to the organization’s security policy”…

…Then there is the University of Minnesota library, which has put together a freely available online video collection that includes Al Jazeera Video Creative Commons Repository, containing broadcast footage that Al Jazeera has released under various Creative Commons licenses. Yet Al Jazeera’s “newscasts and on-air discussions are staged to show its mostly-Muslim viewers a relentlessly visceral, emotion-charged drama in which Jews, Israel, and Americans are almost always cast as villains, infidels, and evil-doers”…

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Make the Left fear you more than they fear the savages.

    • Frau Katze

      Unclear how that could be done. All across the West we are dismissed as “far right” if not “neo-Nazis”. The Narrative drifts ever further from the truth.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Ultimately, it will entail a resort to violence and intimidation, and will have to start with the universities and media figures.

        • Frau Katze

          The situation does not look promising, I must agree. More discord is inevitable.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I think places such as Sweden are well past mere discord.
            Right now it is essentialy illegal to speak against many government policies in Sweden. At that point there are no savory or pleasant options when their means of coercion is not a jail cell, but impoverishment.

            The Mexican cartels recently proved in Ciudad Juarez that if you kill enought “journalists” or media personalities, they will soon report, or ignore, anything you want them to.
            It’s sad that it has come to that, but it has come to that, at least in places like Sweden, and likely many other places as well.

        • winniec

          The cultural Marxist narrative is losing. The opinion surveys show that ‘we’ are winning. We are 50/50…this is the breakeven point. We will continue beyond. There is a rapid turning away from the ‘Islam is peace’ strategy which is no more than

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Weren’t you the one that was arguing for maintaining isolated pockets of Spanish language only Mexicans in the American Southwest?
            Yes, yes you were!
            In that light, I think I’ll take your observations with a grain of salt.

          • Frau Katze

            I thought that was someone else.

            Anyway, Canadians aren’t very familiar with what’s like on the ground in the US. We know all about the troubles in Canada, but situation was different historically.

  • The government doesn’t have to ‘”whittle away freedoms” because an eager and gullible public will do that to themselves.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Much like the flurry of editorials from the NYTs calling for the reevaluation of the bill of rights.

      • See.

        There is no critical thinking involved denunciation of self, others or principles. It’s now automatic.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      “When the people fear the government, there is fear. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

  • Rosenmops

    I googled “Islam is the Best Religion” and almost puked when I looked at the images. Very scary cult.

    I googled “Christianity is the Best Religion” and the first few images were about athiests, etc. However I also found this:

    • Frau Katze

      They are crazy. But they really think Islam is the be-all and end-all. I’ve seen a lot of this stuff while searching for images for the blog.

      • Rosenmops

        I found this also:

        http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2013/05/09/where-in-canada-are-the-most-christians-buddhists-sikhs-muslims-etc/

        Scroll down for an app that allows you to select either “city” or “province”, and then select a religion, and get a list of cities or provinces showing the portion of people of that religion in the city or province. Toronto is the worst at 7.7% Muzz 🙁

        According to this, Campbell River has no Muzz at all! Duncan only has 15 out of about 45,000 people. Kamloops and Victoria both have 0.7% arselifters.

        • Frau Katze

          They’re a full order of magnitude higher in Toronto. The map didn’t work from the iPad. Crashed Safari. It was dated 2013. Vancouver Island seems to be the last bastion.

          It won’t last, of course.

          • Rosenmops

            I didn’t use the map, I used the table with the drop down menus, below the map.

          • Frau Katze

            I’d have to look at it from the Mac. I didn’t see drop down menus from the iPad.

          • Clink9

            I can’t use my iPad on this site anymore again. The Discus comments won’t load. Anyone else?

          • Frau Katze

            Yes, it’s happening to me too. A real disaster since I’m a moderator. I’ve got a bug report in with Disqus. Why kind of iPad do you have? Mine is about three years old and doesn’t have the latest o/s since I’m out of space.

            I’m using a set of alternative Disqus comment screens, created by Disqus itself. It’s awkward but it allows me to at least respond to comments from my iPad.

            Let’s hope Disqus can help.

          • Clink9

            OK, thanks. My iPad was bought August 2012 and I haven’t updated to iOS 8 yet.
            I have the space but have been waiting on the update.

          • Frau Katze

            I might create a post on it. BCF is not very concerned as iPad users are a small minority.

            But it’s affecting me (one of three comment moderators for the site) so I will follow it up as best as I can. I’m a bit worried since I can’t see a pattern. It works fine on at least one other WordPress site. That means it might be hard to debug. (Based on my experience as a programmer. When you can’t see a pattern, it’s very difficult to trace).

          • Clink9

            Sounds good. My understanding of computer software is about the same as my household electrical. It’s in the wall and it hurts!

    • Frau Katze

      That’s a good pic! Funny!