EU Unveils Crackdown on Free Speech


1370580514The first thing I ever wrote about Islam was an essay for Partisan Review entitled “Tolerating Intolerance,” which was published a few months after 9/11. My argument, in brief, was that Islam is not just a religion but an ideology that teaches an extreme and violent intolerance – and that Europeans had a right to protect the freedom of their societies by implementing well-informed immigration and integration policies. Now the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), founded in 2008 and consisting largely of former European presidents or prime ministers, has issued a report whose thrust is – and I quote – that there’s “no need to be tolerant to the intolerant.” But the
argument of the report – which was presented to the European Parliament in late September and takes the form of a “Model Statute for Tolerance” that the ECTR hopes to see enacted by all EU member states, is light-years away from the one I made all those years ago in Partisan Review. The ECTR’s concern is not with addressing the importation into Europe of Islamic intolerance but, rather, with addressing the purported intolerance of Europeans toward (among other things) imported Islam.

If you want an idea of where the ECTR is coming from, check out a recent article, “Divided We Fall: Intolerance in Europe Puts Rights at Risk,” by Benjamin Ward of Human Rights Watch. Here’s how Ward starts out:

An Afghan migrant is stabbed in the heart on the streets of Athens. Black-shirted paramilitaries linked to Hungary’s third-largest political party march through a Roma neighbourhood shouting, “You will die here.” A neo-Nazi gang commits a string of murders of Turkish immigrants in Germany. An ideologue driven by hatred of “multiculturalism” kills 67 mostly young people on a Norwegian Island….It may be comforting to see these incidents as isolated, disconnected or driven by local events. But the truth is more discomforting: hatred and intolerance are moving into the mainstream in Europe.

Never mind intolerance by Muslims. Even to speak of that intolerance is to be, well, intolerant. Ward slams Silvio Berlusconi for suggesting in 2010 that reducing immigration into Italy would lower crime rates, and vilifies Angela Merkel for saying that Germans “feel tied to Christian values” and that immigrants “who don’t accept them don’t have a place here.” Ward’s picture of a continent where the principal threats to life and liberty are nativist bigots who torment innocent gypsies and slaughter peaceable Muslims is a fantasy. But Ward’s not alone in promulgating it. On the contrary, this funhouse-mirror picture underlies every current attempt by the EU and its affiliates to shut down free speech, including, as Soeren Kern reports, “the EU’s ongoing work towards a new ‘Equal Treatment Directive,’” which is the malignant framework within which the ECTR’s report was presented.

“There is no need to be tolerant to the intolerant.” The sentence is immediately succeeded, in the ECTR’s “Model Statute,” by the following statement: “This is especially important as far as freedom of expression is concerned: that freedom must not be abused to defame other groups.” The report goes on to prescribe comprehensive guidelines for the surveillance, monitoring, prosecution, and punishment of such “abuses” of “freedom of expression.” As European Dignity Watch, a Brussels-based NGO, puts it in a blistering commentary, the ECTR’s “understanding of tolerance” is “highly problematic,” with the term itself being defined “vaguely” (as “respect for and acceptance of the expression, preservation and development of the distinct identity of a group”) and employed in a way that is riddled with “double standards.” Nor could the ECTR’s recommended edicts be much more sweeping: it proposes that speech be subjected to controls of a sort unheard of in the modern West, that groups be placed above individuals, that European law recognize the concept of “group libel” and punish it as a crime, that the burden of proof be reversed in cases of allegedly “intolerant” speech about groups, that certain “vulnerable and disadvantaged groups” be given “special protection” (“some animals,” wrote Orwell, “are more equal than others”), that juveniles found guilty of speech crimes against groups “be required to undergo a rehabilitation program designed to instill in them a culture of tolerance” (re-education camps, anyone?), that schools and the media be pressured to indoctrinate “tolerance” (as defined, needless to say, by the ECTR), and that an elaborate enforcement and judiciary apparatus in the form of National Tolerance Monitoring Commissions and “special administrative unit[s]” subordinate to European nations’ respective Ministries of Justice.

Many European countries have been prosecuting anti-Islamic hate speech for some time now. But the ECTR’s report makes it clear that a number of highly placed people on the continent aren’t satisfied with the degree to which speech has already been stifled. (I’m not surprised at the participation of former Swedish PM Göran Persson in this perfidious project, but I didn’t expect to see former Spanish PM José María Aznar, whom I have previously admired, on board.) They’re determined to utterly eradicate unauthorized ideas from what they still plainly regard – despite the dismal health of several European economies, the floundering of the euro, and widespread doubts about the long-term sustainability of the union itself – as a European utopia in the making. Underlying this breathtakingly mischievous and arrogant enterprise, it would appear, is the conviction that if only you pass enough laws forbidding enough things, you can transform human nature itself: the report describes itself as seeking to “eliminat[e] racism, colour bias, ethnic discrimination, religious intolerance, totalitarian ideologies, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-feminism and homophobia.” Not curb, mind you – eliminate. Of course, the only way to eliminate all those things is to eliminate human beings themselves. It was governmental goals on this screwy scale that steered Europe, in the previous century, into unspeakable totalitarian torment. You’d think European politicians would’ve learned – learned some humility, in any event, if not some respect for individual freedom. But no – the same imperial arrogance and blindness persists. Even as they think (or, at least, claim) that they’re formulating a way to protect Europe from totalitarianism, they’re trying to lead it on yet another forced march to that selfsame destination.

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  • Drakken

    Today they are silencing the peoples voices, tomorrow they will hear the sound of rifles as a response.

    • UCSPanther

      Aye, especially if they keep pushing injustice on the people while silencing them at the same time.

      • bruce lorraine

        They can try to silence us, many of us will never shut up and/or surrender, they can kiss my Irish ass.

    • salliejones

      just what obama wants, they he can declare marshall law and he has invested billions into his private black army. I saw his advertisement for the military on CNN right after he won the 1st election. Obama the boogie man is just waiting…

      • bigjulie

        Obama has one BIG problem. He does not now, for the most part, have the “unstinting loyalties of his own military” that he can depend on in case he orders that military to attack and corral the people from whence it came. I believe that THAT is the main reason he called for a “civilian security force equal in strength to our current standing military” and answering directly to him, during a campaign speech in July of 2008. It appears that he wanted his own “Gestapo” who will do his bidding unquestioningly.
        I have read biographies of Stalin and Mao and am amazed at the similarities there are in his personality and conduct to both of those notorious men. His conduct so far in the health care debacle shows how little he cares about the misery and inconveniences he is casting on the population, all for a program that reads more like a treatise on tight social control rather than a health care plan. He is even excuses whole groups of people whose favors he may need later, from the predations of Obamacare. He is cold as a fish and seems to me to be striving to become another iteration of those horrid people…”for our own good” of course!
        Mark Stein is currently under investigation up in Canada for the same “crimes” the ECTR is seeking to “create” and I fear that such a trend will eventually come here, as well. After all, the people who might be prosecuted under such laws are the same people complaining about the loss of community and culture the US is currently undergoing…and if the leaders of such movements are to succeed, those protesters will have to be “eliminated”.

        • bruce lorraine

          .”and if the leaders of such movements are to succeed, those protesters will have to be “eliminated”

          He’s already laying the foundation for that elimination with the DHS buying a billion+ bullets, FEMA camps refurbished & restocked, militarizing police depts. across the country, enacting legislation allowing interpol & foreign troops to operate on America soil, the TSA conducting sweeps throughout American cities at such places as bus depots, shopping centers, etc.

          And he may not have the “unstinting loyalties of his own military” but he’s firing/relocating all command officers who won’t pass his new litmus test, of asking them if they would fire on American citizens. As of yet this isn’t documented but verbal reports of this keep popping up from different sources.

    • bruce lorraine

      American’s have been buying guns & ammo in record numbers the past five years. obummer has been militarizing the police all across the country the past five years. Prepping is now a hot ticket.

      None of this is a coincidence, only the low info voters can’t read the writing on the wall.

    • defcon 4

      I’m not surrendering. Why bother? After Irv Rubin’s “suicide” while in custody I might as well die on my feet, armed and fighting.

      • bruce lorraine

        Far better to die on your feet than live on your knees, after all were not liberals.

    • LindaRivera

      Christians, the Tea Party, Pro-lifers, veterans returning from the wars have all been demonized by the gov’t. Muslim terrorists are NOT regarded as the enemy!
      PEACEFUL, patriotic, decent, law-abiding Americans are regarded as the enemy! I’m afraid those rifles are going to be aimed at the good American people!

  • Chezwick

    Frightening as hell….a willful, blind rush into cultural oblivion….and those leading the way are absolutely convinced in the righteousness of their cause.

    • Chaz_Martel

      I am not sure these liars believe their lies. Rather, they see their Orwellian doublespeak as a means to an end.

      The people behind this multi-generational hoax, increasingly active since the end of WW11, are fascists of the Left and statists who believe that the all encompassing state must be achieved by any means necessary.

      • David_Smith

        How ironic Europe stood as a bulwark during the Cold War against the very thing they now promote. Meanwhile, Russia has had the biggest turn around for free speech in the world since the collapse of the USSR.

        • Chaz_Martel

          Il n’ya pas de vraie constante mais le changement.

          • David_Smith

            There is one constant friend: objective reality.

          • Chaz_Martel

            If you are referring to the absolute *truths of the creator, then, we are in accordance.

            * (absolute truths which by definition include both spiritual and physical laws)

  • southwood

    All of this PC arrogance feeds the very groups they are trying to “eliminate”, such as the neo-Nazis and other fascist groups. I see more and more people flocking to support them if they see no other solution. So we may be caught between the “tolerant” crypto-fascism of the EU authorities and the overt fascism of such as Golden Dawn. I recently saw a video which suggested that the BBC are in the pay of the EU. Do you think we will get a balanced view of the EU from such an organization ? I wonder how much of the European media are in their pocket.

    • Drakken

      What is scaring the daylights out of the current govts of the EU is the support of so called rightest parties, so the tighter the commi’s squeeze, the easier it is going to slip through their fingers.

    • defcon 4

      What about the fascist ideology called Islam? Why is that an acceptable form of fascism?

    • J Simson

      Which is why Libertarian and Neo-conservative ideologies are the solution to this crisis.

      • southwood

        No way. Those things are part of the cause of the decline.

    • WileyBrenda

      Political Correctness: correct according to WHOSE politics. Extermination of the Jews was PC under the Nazis. In the spirit of John Milton “Political Correctness is but old Stalinism writ large”.

      • southwood

        Correct according to those in power. What have you got to place in opposition to it ?

  • Jason

    Westerners don’t deserve tolerance. In the eyes of the left we have committed heinous crimes, and thus deserve everything we get. If we actually had a backbone, and half of Western Society wasn’t against the other half, we could stop the Islamisation of our societies. The left’s so damn stupid, they’re gonna be the first to go when Muslims take over, yet they help them more than they help any right wing group. Idiots, I just wish they wouldn’t drag us down.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Yep. Iran’s liberals and communists made common cause with Ayatollah Khomeini, who promised democracy, against the “evil” Shah. Once the Islamists were in power they dispensed with those “useful idiots”. Some were killed, many jailed or otherwise suppressed, others driven into exile.

      • J Simson

        e.g. MEK who are now in exile in Camp Ashraf, Iraq.

    • J Simson

      They are merely feeding the crocodile hoping to get eaten last…

      • Jason

        But they wont, that’s the thing. Feminism and Gay rights, two mainly left wing activities, are completely against Sharia. Sure, both ideologies may be totalitarian, but left wingers promote ideas that would get you killed in Islamic countries. They’re gonna be the first to go, not us.

        • PJG

          No, they are not going to “go first”. They will remain useful and do much of the unpleasant work the Muslims don’t want to do to control us, as they do now. Don’t forget how deliciously compliant they are. Perfect slaves.

        • crosscop

          Like Tony Blair’s extreme left-wing sister-in-law Lauren Booth and ex-Labour MP George Galloway, they will probably convert to Islam.

  • monostor

    The law of the unintended consequences in action, that’s what’s happening in Europe. The old continent sold its soul to the OIC over forty years ago and today its hands are tight. Restrictions on personal freedom will come more and more up until the situation will be ripe for a “peaceful” muslim takeover. Read “Europe, Globalization and the Coming Universal Caliphate” by Bat Ye-Or.

    • bruce lorraine

      The takeover is already occurring & it isn’t so peaceful. Europe is headed for civil war. It might take a couple of decades but it’s coming.

      • Gee

        But it won’t happened because the Sheepel have been disarmed

        • Drakken

          You would be surprised how fast you can get a populace armed up.

          • Gee

            Tell that to the Russians. They never did in 70 years

          • Drakken

            But in a twisted ironic way, it will be the Russians who will be supplying the arms to the natives.

          • bruce lorraine

            I suggest you Google what the Buddhists in Myanmar did without guns. Burned down muslim neighborhoods & drove them out.

      • Drakken

        It won’t be a couple decades, it is upon us here and now.

        • bruce lorraine

          As of yet there’s no bloody battles in the street between the government/muslims & the Brits. That is the civil war I’m talking about, much the way Americans fought her civil war, bur you can see the beginnings of civil unrest.

          • Craig Yates

            The sooner the better IMO. Marxists, communists, Islamists, Zionists…. all seek the destruction of Christendom, the white race and the west. All should be purged forthwith without mercy.

            Hitler was the good guy and if you research history properly you will see Jews declared war on germany in 1933 and also carried out the greatest genocide of the last century. Had they not waged genocide and waged war against Germany there would not have been WWII. Had Churchill not been a slave to the zionists Europe would not now be cursed.

          • bruce lorraine

            Jesus, to quote Bugs Bunny,
            ‘What a Moroon’

    • Gee

      Are you sure it was unintended?

      • monostor

        No, but you know…big brother isn’t illiterate…

    • Drakken

      Trust me, there will be a violent backlash soon enough that will make a Serb blush. The left and muslims think they will take over, they could not be more wrong, dead wrong. If you understand history and human nature, you can see this coming from a mile away.

      • monostor

        I agree with you re the Serbs but I don’t guarantee that the same reaction will come from the others. As we used to say over there in Eastern Europe: the millie pup, the polenta, doesn’t explode, or as someone else mentioned that they are sheep…

        • Drakken

          It is coming, where it will start is any ones guess, but once it starts it will spread like wildfire.

  • The March Hare

    “the conviction that if only you pass enough laws forbidding enough things, you can transform human nature itself”

    This is at the heart of all leftist (communists) thinking and is how it sows hatred into the people they think they are helping. You know: We are going to help you even if it kills you.

  • Gee

    José María Aznar started as a fascist – is there any real surprise that he doesn’t support freedom of speech?

  • N. Wasse

    The foundation of the Western civilization has been the Greeks and their logic and that “claims invite scrutiny” this means that any and every claim should be critically examined including that Islam is really a political ideology and is it or is it not the religion of peace and that Muhammad was a warlord or a holy man and that “If Allah created this creation then who created Allah” (The Aristotelian problem).
    The foundation of the Western civilization (the Greek learning) was lost for a period of time. Let us not lose it again

  • defcon 4

    Of course the hypocritically mendacious pigs of the EU have no interest in curbing, stopping or eradicating the antisemitic bile that is explicit, commonplace and inherent in the death cult called islam.

  • LindaRivera

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

  • M.T. Aziz

    You Zionist crusaders are hypocrites as usual. Europe makes it illegal to deny the so-called “Holocaust,” and that you don’t have a problem with. But you have no problem with taking the name of the Prophet (PBUH) or Allah Himself (swt). You, the hypocrites, are destined for hellfire!

    • Drakken

      You inbred savages are inviting your own demise, and I say good riddance. God Bless the Crusades Haji, another is coming.

      • jordan

        Haji is a compliment to those savages. Call them sons of dogs and pigs it’s more accurate

    • defcon 4

      The Holocaust is historical fact Farshad — as is the genocide of 2.5 million Assyrian and Armenian Christians by your turkish muslime compadres.

    • JoJoJams

      1) A lot of us westerners -at least Americans who believe in free speech – have no problem with those foolish enough to deny the holocaust. They’re fringe lunatics, like the KKK and skinheads. They are allowed – but marginalized – and not by the force of law, but by the force of reason.

      2) We include ridicule of your self-alleged “prophet” as part of free speech as well because, well, he’s got so much that is so easily mockable he’s an easy target. Just because you are ignorant and foolish enough to follow that madman (pizz be upon him) doesn’t mean we should kowtow to your childish sensitivities. He was a pervert and a madman, a pedophile and warmonger.

    • bruce lorraine

      Listen hadji, Americans aren’t going to fold up like a cheap suit like the Brits & were not cowards like the faithful as s lifters, we will stand to & defend our freedom, count on it.

    • UCSPanther

      Do you have any other song to sing, or are you just going to constantly yell about “hellfire”?

      • Drakken

        I think he was talking about the hellfire missile about to get shoved up his azz with our compliments. Frankly I would love to see the expression on his wog face as that missile comes cruising in, priceless.

  • Arizona

    SNIPPER RIFLES with a SILENCER,takes care of commies at night,OR die in a prison camp when they come for you,your choice…………..

  • NAHALKIDES

    “Underlying this breathtakingly mischievous and arrogant enterprise, it
    would appear, is the conviction that if only you pass enough laws
    forbidding enough things, you can transform human nature itself”

    A precise statement of the main assumption of Progressivism/Leftism. And the Left never learns from its previous mistakes or even admits them.

  • LindaRivera

    LIBERTY GB: Sweden: A New Hell for Women
    28 October 2013 Written by Fjordman Hits: 7543

    ….the suburb of Rinkeby near Stockholm. Natives there are now a minority
    of the inhabitants due to mass immigration. Several natural blondes stated that they had dyed their hair to avoid unwanted attention and sexual harassment. Being called “whore” is so common for white girls in certain schools that teachers no longer react to this….

    A report from 2006 detailed how being a Swedish girl or young woman increasingly means feeling unsafe in your own country. They are scared of being
    raped, a possibility that appears very real to them. Many are planning how to go home at night, how to defend themselves or how to run all the way home if they have to.”It is not as wrong raping a Swedish girl as raping an Arab girl,” says Hamid, in an interview about a gang rape involving immigrant perps….

    Suggesting that the ongoing rise in violent crime might have something to do with mass immigration of alien and aggressive cultures is quite literally banned by law. In March 2007 during a rally supported by SSU, the Social Democratic Youth League, a man carried a sign reading, “While Swedish girls are being gang raped by immigrant gangs the SSU is fighting racism.” He was promptly arrested….
    http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/home/root/news-libertygb/6138-sweden-a-new-hell-for-women

  • LindaRivera

    Join the EDL http://www.englishdefenceleague.org/

    Join Paul Weston’s UK counter-jihad party, Liberty GB http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/

    Why Is This Not Treason? by Paul Weston, Liberty GB
    http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/home/root/news-libertygb/6024-why-is-this-not-treason

  • A Z

    “The George Soros Open Society Foundation is the primary donor of the Human Rights Watch, contributing $100 million of $128 million of contributions and grants received by the HRW in the 2011 financial year.The $100 million contribution from the Open Society Foundation will be paid out over ten years in $10 million annual installments.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Watch

    Yay, more Soros Scheiße!

  • antioli

    Advocating killing off free speech is intolerant .

    • defcon 4

      The corrupt politicians who collaborate w/islam0nazis will brand their evisceration of free speech as elimination of hate speech, but selectively enforce it so that it becomes nothing more than a facet of islamic sharia law.

  • IceStar

    When will they start going after Muslims for their intolerance.

    How about the hate speech in the Qu’ran? Isn’t Mein Kamph censored there?

  • kevinstroup

    The Europeans traded comfort and promises for true freedom. So be it. I hope they enjoy their new serfdom. They voted for it.

    • defcon 4

      From what I understand by watching Pat Condell’s videos, EU hegemony was forced on the people of Eurabia.

      • kevinstroup

        But they elected the people who chose these EU leaders. So they are still responsible. Slaves desperately searching for a master.

        • kate5778b

          with no help from Mr Obama who is pressing for Britain to remain in it, so you are responsible too. We didn’t choose the EU, look to Ireland to see what happens when you say no, they made them revote until they gave the ‘right’ answer. Pat Condell is right.

          • kevinstroup

            Obama has no vote in what the EU does or doesn’t do. He can advocate all he wants, but he has no power in the EU. He is our problem, not yours. Why didn’t the people of Ireland revolt? Why didn’t the people if Ireland take to the streets and shut the country down? You do not HAVE to do what someone tells you. They may kill you. They may incarcerate you. They may take your possessions. They may make you miserable. But in the end, you choose to follow it or not. Have they voted out the scoundrels who sold them out? I bet they reelected them. Who is to blame if that is the case?

          • kate5778b

            Many Irish succumbed to the EU’s charm offensive ie the Euros thrown into propaganda and promises, unfortunately, too late Ireland realized they’d been had. The West, on the whole is trusting and have a sense of fair play, we don’t expect lies, however it’s the first language of all politicians these days.

  • logdon

    The EU is imploding. These are the repressive swan songs of a dying institution which is clinging on for dear life and wants to shut down the free speech which is contributing to its final death knell.

    A huge majority of British including myself want out and if UKIP gain sway or Cameron fulfills his promise of a referendum, that will happen.

    So following my thread, we’re left with island Britain freed from the socialist fascists of the mainland and a mainland itself catapulting into chaos where the right is now gaining ascendency.

    Where or when have we heard this before? The difference now is that the right are the good guys and it’s the left which is bringing in the repression of dictatorship.

    The new war will not be the blitzkrieg of previous conflict but civil insurrection and disintegration of rule of law.

    France will probably be the first and watching the polls, Marine le Pen of the FN is surging. If they get the gig expect massive Muslim rioting and hopefully, commensurate state retaliation.

    The Netherlands and Germany could well follow this pattern.

    Britain will be once again alone and frankly I can’t see a gallant US charging to our rescue for the third time. And I don’t blame the Americans one bit.

    However there’s another scenario and that’s because of Cameron’s lying ineptitude and lack of any spine, socialist Miliband will gain the premiership and we’ll be dragged into the mire.

    None of this was ordained. It is entirely self made and those fat and bloated EUniks are completely to blame.

    However if they think that their self made political castles will save them, they are gravely mistaken. Once the barricades of law are torn down they are just as defenceless as the rest of us.

    That is my main comfort.

    • Drakken

      Don’t worry mate, us Americans will be sending you plenty of arms once the new troubles begin.

      • defcon 4

        Not with out current POTUS regime.

    • defcon 4

      It almost seems like Marine le Pen is France’s last hope and gasp.

  • roccolore

    Liberals support Sharia Law replacing the European laws.

  • defcon 4

    If rape at the hands of muslime thugs is so common, it raises the interesting possibility of arranging some ambushes.

  • Drakken

    You first, aziz second.

  • UCSPanther

    I guess the truth to you is what is on your “stone tablets”, which are really dog-eared sheets of notepaper with random assortments of bizarre drawings that only make sense to a demented mind…

  • defcon 4

    muhahahahamad, the narcissistic, psychopathic, Jew hater, pedophile and mass murderer? Is that the prophet you’re referring to?