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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