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Adversity is Our Strength!

Did someone in this arena blaspheme diversity? [1] Scott McConnel’s last came to mind when I learned that British immigration officials barred Dutch MP Geert Wilders [2] from entering Britain (at the invitation of a member of the House of Lords) to attend a screening of his anti-Islamic (and by all accounts awful) film (watch here) [3] on the grounds the filmmaker’s presence in Britain might cause anti-Islamic violence. 

My first reaction was to assume that the Brits were more afraid of that which they didn’t mention–Muslim backlash (and what delicious irony to think their silence regarding Muslim backlash was due to a fear of, yes, Muslim backlash).

But after bouncing about the British papers a bit I’m convinced it’s primarily political grandstanding [4] on the part of Home Secretary Jacqui “Jackboot Jacqui” Smith. Secretary Smith, after first running for Parliament as part of an “all women shortlist” [5], earned her nickname promoting greater police powers, including the right to hold terrorism suspects for 42 days without charge.

It would behoove us to note how readily combined are old-fashioned authoritarian measures with newer, Left-inspired limits on speech and assembly (revealing them as not all that “new” and not very distinct from what is typically thought of as Rightist authoritarianism) and how the percieved “need” for these things results from tensions caused by That Which Shall Not Be Questioned–diversity. Of course, if some have their way questioning diversity will itself soon be criminalized “hate speech.” [6] Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we set out to appease.

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#1 Comment By WRW On February 13, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

Meanwhile, as the UK’s jackboots enforce “diversity”, the “diverse” in Switzerland are phonying up attacks to smear the Swiss People’s Party:

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“A Brazilian woman who said she miscarried twins after an alleged racist attack in Zurich was not pregnant, investigators have said.

Paula Oliveira, a 26-year-old lawyer, had said she was attacked by three knife-wielding skinheads on Monday.

However, medical experts said she was not pregnant, and that it was possible the numerous wounds on her torso and legs were self-inflicted. “

#2 Comment By MattSwartz On February 13, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

I saw Fitna, and it wasn’t awful.

It wasn’t balanced, but it was good, clean polemic, and if it erred on the side of maligning the “religion of peace”, it may still serve as a helpful counterpoint to many errors in the opposite direction.

A large portion of it was the presentation of Koranic verses that advocated violence. They were presented in a rather simplistic manner, and some of my Muslim friends have told me that the context was lacking and the translation poor, but I think that when coupled with current events, they provide a fairly decent overview of what at least some Muslims believe about how to relate to unbelievers.

#3 Comment By Dennis Dale On February 13, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

Just for the record, “by all accounts awful” referred to quality, not content. Lest anyone think I’m engaging in the rhetorical prostration “I despise X for his views, but defend his right to them…” (alternatively, “I despise X’s views with every fiber of my being”, if one is in the presence of a sterner sect and more vigorous genuflection is required).
This habit which I admit to finding tempting myself, is in itself a mild sort of speech regulation, a sort of qualifier (like a parental advisory), presuming another’s views are dependent to some extent on our allowance.