By Ted Belman
Phyllis Chesler writes about The Islamification of America and argues that “our concept of “religious tolerance,” academic freedom, and free speech are now being used to promote and protect hate speech against America and Israel and against the Judeo-Christian tradition.”
While giving numerous examples she asks some questions,
- Are we obligated to extend First Amendment rights to our enemies when we are at war? Even if doing so endangers us?
At what point can we understand that such hateful teaching and preaching have the power to inflame someone like the Iranian student, Mohammed Reza Taheriazar who just drove his rented SUV into a crowd of fellow students at the University of North Carolina,
But here is what really worries me. The same First Amendment, free speech, and academic rights that seem to work so well for Islamists, do not seem to protect our right to criticize Islamic terrorism or Islamic religious and gender apartheid.
And offers some solutions,
First, we have to re-evaluate the meaning of free speech, both in terms of hate speech and in terms of wartime realities. Along the same lines, we must find some legally and politically sound ways to slow down or to eliminate entirely the growth industry of jihadist hate speech in America. Islamists do not hesitate to falsify, exaggerate, and censor our culture, e.g. the Danish cartoon incident. We cannot allow our traditions of freedom and tolerance to be taken over by intolerant forces in the service of repression or terrorism. This is not easy to do but it must be done—and done quickly—by the best lawyers and legislators in our land.
At the heart of all this is truth. Our right to speak the truth must be protected. Their right to lie must be restricted. The problem is who is to decide what is truth and what is lies. If we try to limit what they say they will scream “censorship” just as they censure our remarks when it hurts their feelings.
Brigitte Bardot has been convicted a number to times for “inciting racial hatred”. Currently she is being tried for uttering this opinion “I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts,” The prosecutor is asking for a fine of $23,000 and a suspended sentence.
Thus politically incorrect speech has been criminalized.