Freedom of speech: Who is free? Who is talking? And more importantly – who isn’t?

We have seen the streets of London, Paris and even Washington full of people screaming for the annihilation of Israel “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free (of Jews). We’ve seen Moslems preaching Sharia on the streets of the major citiesof the world, denouncing the west and western values.

Many, I’m sure, heard the hate filled messages, shook their heads and thought: “That is the downside of democracy. People are free to say what they believe, even when what they say is terrible.”

Free speech is important. It is the fundamental freedom. When freedom of speech is taken away everything else becomes impossible – no freedom of religion, don’t even think of equal rights for women, gays or other minorities.

In the same places where it is ok to say that the State of Israel should not exist, where it is ok to say that the Caliphate will liberate Christians from Christianity and the evils of democracy it is not ok to voice opposing views! What has the world come to where a man can be arrested in Britain for publicly quoting the words of the greatest British leader that ever lived, Sir Winston Churchill? (see the video below) What happens when a Christian preacher speaks out against Islam? Suddenly freedom of speech evaporates…

It is important to pay attention to who is talking, who is being allowed to speak and even more so – who is not.

Do not be cowed in to silence. Do not let apathy guide you. Not to speak is to speak!

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

 


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