On one of the better places on the Web, Dr Maxtor’s analysis, punchy focus is given to the hypocrisy of those who people who harp on or bask in the auras of freedom of speech and ‘freedom’ in general. E.g.’s here, here. and here.
One constant offender is Geert Wilders (whose name is ripe for some form of spoonification, yet has so far escaped fleeting attempts to do so – Weird Gilders all I can come up with). He seems a quite nasty man. Well, the peroxide blond is apparently in court and protesting that his freedom of speech is under attack.
Here is AJE on it:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/10/201010454645572293.html and here’s the pro-fascist BBC:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11464025 and this in
I agree with Chomsky on this one: If you don’t agree with freedom of speech for those you really don’t like, then you don’t agree with freedom of speech at all, and so I support the Islamophobic Muslim hater’s right to criticise Islam.
But here’s the thing… It’s extremely doubtful he supports it for others that don’t share his views. And what of the kind of ‘freedoms’ that Geert doubtlessly supports, like the stupid Danish cartoons? Were they an exercise in FOS? Doubtful as what they said (i.e. dreamed-up excuse to try and make it look like it was a FOS issue) about the cartoons was that they were a criticism of things like the rewards martyrs get. Clearly those points of dispute could have been settled in an intellectual faship via public discussion – and in fact any issue of Islam can be discussed in this fashion, but it far more likely they weren’t the slightest bit interested in an intellectual exercise – simply an insult and a desire to whip up more Islamophobia.
So Geert, you advocate of Qur’an banning, and to those who have Geert posters pinned up on their bedroom walls, it’s damn rich you protest about issues pertaining to freedom given what you’ve done to Muslims who live their lives according to Islamic guidelines.
Geert the hypocrite.
Update(Related issue): Henry Makow: CNN Makes Rick Sanchez’s Point Jews are the first to holler when they suffer discrimination; but let someone say they discriminated against him, and he’s fired. Tolerance is reserved for elite Jews and their causes. Everyone else is a bigot More …