2010 October 07 Thursday
Free Speech Blogging For Geert Wilders
Heeding the call, many bloggers have joined in to blog for Geert Wilders, freedom of speech, and Western Civilization. See OneSTDV's post Geert Wilders and Media Coverage of Muslims about the shaming tactics against Wilders used by the mainstream (i.e. left wing) journalists. These journalists are not much interested in freedom of speech. Far more important for them to assert moral superiority in the on-going American culture war. OneSTDV's previous posts about elite media use of shaming language are worth reading as well.
Roissy did not write a whole post about Wilders but he dedicated a post to Wilders. I think there's special symbolism in his choice of posting topic related to Wilders' opponents. But I haven't figured it out yet. Perhaps someone more penetrating can explain in the comments?
HBD chick (she calls herself the exception that proves the rule) does a short post supporting Geert but arguing against banning the Koran. Not sure if Geert is serious about that. More likely he's trying to make the point that the law he's being prosecuted under is ignoring a dangerous huge incitement to hatred and oppression.
doxRaven says we are being oppressed by political correctness.
NZ Conservative sees Wilders as fighting for local self-determination against international totalitarianism.
Half Sigma, in his post about Geert Wilders, argues that it is a historical coincidence that the Left took up the cause of free speech because they wanted to use it on behalf of communism. In his view the Left's commitment to free speech is weak. That sounds correct. The speech codes on college campuses (such as the one that former Clinton Administration cabinet member Donna Shalala put in place at U Wisc) were implemented by the leftists who totallly dominate academia. The extent of anti-free speech efforts by universities and colleges is stunning. What would Mario Savo think? Would he sympathize with the leftists or with the free speech advocates?
Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake (venomous?) announced his support for blog bombing for Geert and says "the result of the Wilders trial will signal whether Europe continues on the road toward mass censorship by the aggrieved." Islam seems to make Muslims feel aggrieved. Why is that? Since they feel that way restrictions on speech imposed for the aggrieved have the tendency of tilting the playing field for Islam and against those who favor a free society.
James at Athwart-History says the complaint against Wilders does not include a claim that he's made inaccurate statements. The objective truth is the enemy of those who restrict speech.
Dennis Mangan writes about the Dutch Inquisition against Wilders and says "That the Dutch government has put a brave truth-teller like Wilders on trial is itself a crime."
Who else have I missed? Let me know in the comments.
@pp - "Not sure if Geert is serious about that. More likely he's trying to make the point that the law he's being prosecuted under is ignoring a dangerous huge incitement to hatred and oppression."
i hope you're right about that, but i'm not so sure. i think i remember him saying somewhere (although maybe i'm remembering wrong) that the koran should be banned just like 'mein kampf' is and, of course, no one in the netherlands disputes that. i think he really means it. doesn't mean i don't support him and his party, tho - just nit pickin'.
as far as i can see it, he's gonna win either way outta this. either he's cleared of charges or they make him a martyr. (just hope none of the many muslim immigrants in dutch prisons shanks him.)
thnx for coming up w/the modest proposal. and thnx for the link!
Sorry I missed yesterday's target but I've made amends. In my post I take a somewhat different tack to many others who responded. http://irishsavant.blogspot.com/2010/10/positives-of-wilders-trial.html
"Roissy did not write a whole post about Wilders but he dedicated a post to Wilders. I think there's special symbolism in his choice of posting topic related to Wilders' opponents. But I haven't figured it out yet. Perhaps someone more penetrating can explain in the comments?"
What anal sex has to do with Wilders I have no idea. There is one thing about his post that deserves comment. Roissy wrote:
"The author had data showing that the college football team quarterback at the University of Oklahoma had had 2,000 sexual partners over his four year college career."
If someone has a new partner every single day over four years the total would be 1460. What is the chance of 2000 over four years? I think close to zero. Roissy writes fantasy.
My own take on Wilders comparing Mein Kampf to the Koran is that regardless of whether he's sincere about calling for a ban I like that he's drawing attention to the issue of just what is in the Koran. People react by wondering if the Koran really has stuff in it extremely hostile to non-Muslims. Well, it does.
He's also drawing attention to the government's power to ban books and muzzle people. He's also drawing attention to the real threat that a large Muslim minority or even a Muslim majority poses for the Dutch natives.
A government given the power to ban speech which condemns a religion or a secular ideology is a government empowered to be extremely arbitrary and capricious. It can be very selective and use its power to boost some factions against other factions. It can stifle discussions of what is true.
If a large number of women want to have sex with a guy who has a strong libido (and there are guys for which that is true) then the guy could easily have sex with 2 women per day. So 2000 in 4 years seems a doable number.
Am not really part of your in-group, but my post Red Masque (the Masque of the Red Death) is about Geert Wilders and Islam. Here's the URL:
And a comment on the topic in general:
Islam is the apex predator of the PC ecosystem. Ethnic trumps female, but Islamic trumps ethnic. For example, even in the case of the Sudan, the systematic murder, rape, torture and enslavement of the darker, rural Christian and animist Southern Sudanese (by the black-Arab mixed, more urbanized Northern Sudanese and government) was of relatively little media concern until the media could find an appropriate frame of "Muslim victims of extremist violence" (Darfur). Given that Islam has bloody borders and the people on either side of the border are often related (e.g. Pakistan and India), but the Islamic ones are preferred by good leftists, one can only conclude that Islam "ethnicifies" you in the PC perception, thus raising your value.
Perhaps that explains the German airport situation: why that fat pasty blonde woman in the black tent is following That Nice Islamic fellow and the Middle-Eastern looking woman, also in black tent. And why the flight attendant supplicates to them.
Geert Wilders' biggest effect will be posthumous: the guy is going to be assassinated sooner or later.