Freedom of Speech

Where is the concept of forgiveness in Islam?

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A Jordanian writer has been shot dead outside court where he was due to face charges for sharing a caricature on social media that was seen as insulting Islam.

The gunman was arrested at the scene, state news agency Petra said. A security source said he was a 39-year-old Muslim preacher in a mosque in the capital.

Writer Nahed Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist was arrested last month after he shared a caricature that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and cashews.

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Dangerous Words

EXCLUSIVE: David Seymour’s thoughts on Islamic Immigration

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With overseas terror attacks and mass migration of un-vetted refugees into Europe, many people are concerned about the connection between Islam and terrorism, along with the social unrest that can accompany large-scale migration.  While New Zealand has been relatively insulated it would be incredibly naive to think we are immune to the challenges faced by Europe and the US.

Too often, the left labels those raising concerns as racists or bigots – a cynical attempt to shut down debate through name calling. Debating the ideas and beliefs of any religion shouldn’t be forbidden and the practical difficulties of integration, especially where there is a clash of values, should be openly discussed.

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Facebook censors Gab founder and CEO Andrew Torba

Facebook and twitter have censored and banned conservative voices many times but they usually at least pretend that they are doing it for some other reason. Twitter said Breitbart’s journalist Milo’s critical article of the Ghostbusters movie caused hundreds of nasty troll messages, hence his complete ban. In this case, Facebook didn’t even bother to give a fake reason for their censorship of Andrew Torba, founder and CEO of the free speech platform Gab.

Gab founder and CEO Andrew Torba was temporarily banned from Facebook last night after sharing a link to Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous Faggot tour trailer just hours before his event at Texas Tech university.
Torba documented the temporary suspension from Facebook on Twitter and Gab, relaying his confusion as to the reason of his ban and the removal of the post, which purely consisted of a link to the video and the comment, “Wew lads… Coming to college campuses everywhere. Release the frogs.”

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Why hasn’t this been reported in our media?

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All around the world Universities are falling victim to Social Justice Warriors and other limp-wristed, panty-waist types seeking safe spaces and shutting down free speech in the very places that free speech should be encouraged.

If it isn’t Black Lives Matter it is various gay groups or Muslim Associations howling down freedom of speech.

Well, it’s happened here and to my knowledge hasn’t yet been reported by the mainstream media despite the awful precedence this sets.

Back in August, there was a debate involving Lindsay Perigo and Susan Devoy at the University of Auckland. The moot was “That this House would ban religious symbols in public.”

Lindsay Perigo was howled down as he gave his speech. Strangely there hasn’t been a murmur or a mutter from Susan Devoy about the issue and likewise nothing in the mainstream media. Why is that?

I’ll let Lindsay Perigo explain:

This is the speech I delivered almost in its entirety in my capacity as special commentator, along with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, at Monday night’s semi-final in the intra-university Next Generation Debates series at Auckland University. I say “almost in its entirety” because a gaggle of Muslims became very vocal near the end of my speech and demanded, successfully, I be stopped at once for having gone over my allocated time. The point at which I was shut down is noted in the text below.

What a member of Young New Zealand First called “magnificent pandemonium” followed, with epithets flying back and forth, Dame Susan waiving her right of rebuttal and storming off from the table we were both sharing.    Read more »

Jordan doesn’t want this cartoon shown because it mocks ISIS and Allah

What kind of a country objects to a cartoon on an anti-Islamic State facebook page mocking an evil terrorist group by poking fun at how they imagine they are close to Allah? I suggest it is  country that harbours extreme views and is sympathetic towards the group’s goal of creating an Islamic caliphate.

Jordan has arrested eminent cartoonist and political satirist Nahed Hattar for a cartoon which shows a conversation between a jihadist and Allah in paradise.They arrested him for the crime of insulting religion. I searched for his facebook page but Facebook appear to be yet again enforcing the Sharia on behalf of their Islamic overlords.

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The cartoon is translated below by by Clarion Project Arabic Affairs Analyst Anwar el-Iraqi.

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Trump’s negative attitude towards free speech must not be forgotten

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Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will get you 18 months in a British prison

In Britain Hate preachers spread hate with impunity. Muslim protesters hold signs threatening death to infidels who insult the prophet but when a British man says something hurtful to a woman on the street he gets sent to prison for 18 months? It is yet another example in Europe of truth being stranger than fiction.

...Prosecutor Lynne Shirley told the court that Hennigan stopped Ms Ford and asked whether she needed directions. Ms Shirley said: ‘It seemed a normal conversation and she walked off but as she did Hennigan said “I don’t agree with inter-racial relationships. I like natural. I prefer white children”. She said her children were natural and he said “I’m just saying”. The incident made her feel very upset, hurt, out of place and distressed.’

Hennigan sounds like a mule’s posterior, sure. The guy is undoubtedly a racist, yes. But that doesn’t excuse the fact that he’s been imprisoned for 18 months over “language.” Not terrorism, not violence, not theft… But mean words. Let that sink in.

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Another satirical magazine silenced by an extremist Islamist

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Cartoonist Renald Luzier is overcome with grief during a Press conference to launch the first issue of Charlie Hebdo after the terrorist attack that murdered all his fellow cartoonists

We all know how extremist Islamic terrorists  silenced the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by slaughtering  almost all of its cartoonists.  For a short period of time the remaining cartoonist continued to bravely mock Islam but eventually the strain was too much and they made a public declaration that Islam would be the only religion that the magazine would not satirise.

In an Islamic country that the media have repeatedly  held up as an example of moderate Islam, you would not expect a satirical magazine to be silenced.  In Turkey  however, in the wake of the failed coup by the army whose role is to keep  mosque and state separate, that is exactly what has happened.

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Cartoon removed by media organisation because it offends Muslims

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WARNING: If you would be offended by viewing a cartoon that mocks ISIS do not click “view more”. If seeing a cartoon that shows an ISIS terrorist praying in the Muslim way offends you please do not look over the break. If satire based on the evolution of man but reversed in order to show an ISIS terrorist as the lowest of the low offends you please do not look over the break. If making a link between ISIS, the Islamic religion and Islamic prayer offends you please do not read any further.

The following (after the break) editorial cartoon has been removed by the Chicago Tribune due to complaints made by Muslim leaders. Titled “De-evolution”, the image by Michael Ramirez parodied the iconic “March of Progress” illustration (below), which shows human evolution as a series of figures evolving from apelike ancestors to modern humans standing erect.

In a letter of complaint to the newspaper, Ahmed Rehab of the terrorist-linked and Saudi-Arabia-funded group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) said…

“It makes it as if ISIS is just your average, mainstream Muslim who’s prostrating in prayer  – something we all do – as opposed to what is unique and problematic about them,” 

“The cartoon does a great disservice to Muslims and promotes further Islamophobia,”

What he failed to mention was that the ISIS terrorist was clearly drawn as a terrorist because of his clothing and weapon. He actually has the word ISIS on his back in case there was any doubt as to whom the cartoonist was referring. The praying man was clearly not a moderate Muslim. ISIS terrorists do pray and they consider themselves Muslim even if other Muslims that they slaughter do not. Like it or not, it is relevant to portray one as praying since they justify all their atrocities as being for Allah and they claim that their actions are sanctioned by the Koran and Hadith.

No doubt with the slaughter of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo in mind, the Chicago Tribune were quick to remove the cartoon from their website.

“We understand the deep concerns about Michael Ramirez’ cartoon and have moved quickly to publish responses from Islamic leaders and other readers that reflect those concerns,”

-John McCormick, Editorial Page Editor

In a free country both the cartoon and the letters of complaint would be allowed to stand side by side. America, sadly, is no longer the land of the free. At least, not where the Chicago Tribune are concerned.

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