The Right to Dissent

It would be a fair assessment to conclude that many people consider some statements not what they would like to hear — whether by Salman Rushdie, Geert Wilders, Ingrid Carlqvist, Douglas Murray, Lars Hedegaard, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Theo van Gogh, the Mohammad cartoonists, Stéphane Charbonnier and other editors at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, among others. To say their remarks are sometimes regarded as controversial would be an understatement. Often, they are vociferous and vocal critics of extremist Islam, immigration, censorship and other policies — and they have been accused of Islamophobia, hate speech, and inflaming racial and religious tensions. Several have been threatened with jail and death. Some have been murdered for their warnings.

Importantly, though, none of them has ever directly incited violence against a religion, ethnic minority, or sexual orientation.

  • Alain

    Free speech is controversial, full stop. Inciting violence and killing is not free speech; it is a criminal act. Yet we live in a time when any controversial speech or statement is considered a crime, while those inciting violence and killing and actually a criminal act are ignored and given the green light.

  • Hard Little Machine

    To me the upside is that eventually they will kill the literate and anyone who remembers how to keep the lights on. Eventually it all turns into Kampuchea and we get to start over except with people this time. Might take a massive genocide but all the liberals and SJWs will be buried along with everyone else. The cure for fanaticism is often to do nothing at all.