Free Speech Is Never Free

If the liberal left get too liberal will they create the very thing they despise

The rise of the far right

Free speech is yours but whatever you do don’t mention islam!

Towards the end of 2016, the Southern Poverty Law center, a well respected nonprofit organisation which deals with hate crimes and discrimination, released a “Field Guide of Anti-Muslim Extremists.

Some of the people on this list are probably bad people (although no one should ever be put on a list) but there are a few names on it that baffle the mind and sound strangely regressive in their thinking.

Free Speech is Never Free

People are put on this list for things they say or represent in a public forum. Free speech allows people to be critical of bad ideas which leads me to wonder why someone like liberal muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation, who campaigns for a more moderate muslim religion and is anti Islamism (Islamic extremism).

And Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born ex-Muslim human rights activist, who also campaigns for womens rights in the face of Islamic religion. 

This is regressive leftism. When one is so politically correct for the sake of multiculturalism that they can’t rationally see the fault in their tolerance for bad ideas like Islamic extremism.

This leads to the idea that talking about a problem is taboo if it may offend a persons deeply held belief regardless if that belief is actually harmful to others. For example If I were to believe in the freedom to murder children you would not be allowed to address that issue for fear of offending me.

This inability to talk about problems, notably the rise of islamic terrorism, is creating a divide between the ruling parties and the population at large across many countries – leaving a gaping far-right sized hole that’s becoming quite popular across the world at the moment – and that could lead us down a very dark path indeed.

Freedom of religion also means freedom from religion; free speech (critical free speech) about religion has the effect of freeing people from religion. Today’s believers can be — and increasingly are becoming — the secularists of tomorrow, even in the Arab world.

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