Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Denial is a River in Sudan

By Mark Steyn April 28, 2014

Commenting on Conrad Black's much-read analysis of the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, Kathy Shaidle observesIt is in fact very easy to imagine Mann winning. The Supreme Court of today is not the same Supreme Court that ruled on Hustler, for one thing; for another, the West is more comfortable with censorship and less familiar with basic principles of free speech.

I touched on the latter en passant in our Sunday MailboxIn Australia and in Britain and even in America, free peoples are losing the habit of free speech. And, when you lose the habit of free speech, you lose the habit of freedom.

I'd like to explore that a little. In Australia, they're trying to get rid of Section 18c, which is (roughly) the equivalent of Canada's late and unlamented Section 13 thought-crime law, which was finally repealed last year. The Aussie campaign is not going well. "There is a danger that the Coalition resolve to repeal Section 18C will weaken further,"warns The Independent Australian, saying there's an "urgent need to submit your views on 18C amendments by April 30th" - which is round about right now in Oz time…..there are far more lobby groups for censorship -under polite euphemisms such as "diversity", "human rights", "hate speech" - than there are for freedom of expression…..To Read More…..

My Take - The author goes on to note that in England a man has been arrested and charged with a "Racially Aggravated Crime"for quoting Winston Chruchill, because Churchill's book was insensitive to Muslims. So during WWII when Churchill said,

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.",

he would have been considered 'insensitive' to German, Italian and Japanese feelings, and would have been prosecuted?

Brits have lost their minds, their insight, their understanding of history and their courage! Of course a great many young Brits may not understand why Winston Churchill even wrote a book where he expresses his views on Muslims since a few years ago a study revealed that 45% of British students thought Winston Churchill was an astronaut. It’s hard to be courageous when we're ignorant as to why courage is necessary, and leftists have made historical ignorance a virtue.
 
But one thing we know for sure - Churchill was wrong when he said, "we shall never surrender". And American leaders - and a large segment of America's population - are just as bad. Both of which are working diligently to join the England's leaders to be members of the Club For the Galacticly Stupid. 

There is one more thing.  If this continues we're going to see civil violence and disobedience at levels that will make the L.A. riots seem tame. 

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