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Mark Steyn: Three snapshots of western liberty

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Good piece by Mark Steyn over at the National Review. Steyn is that rare bird on the right who actually will discuss these issues (jihad, sharia and Islam) candidly and openly:

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Mark Steyn, NRO, June 26, 2013

Three snapshots of western liberty:

1) A few weeks ago, I wrote
about a Canadian police department’s diversity enforcer attempt to shut
down a Pamela Geller speech by getting her bounced from a Toronto synagogue.
In Britain, the shut-up-he-explained crowd cut to the chase: They went
to the (supposedly Conservative) Home Secretary, the ghastly Theresa
May, and got Miss Geller and Robert Spencer banned from the entire
country on the grounds that their presence in the United Kingdom would
not be “conducive to the public good“.

By contrast, the presence of, say, Anjem Choudary, philosophical mentor of the Woolwich head hackers and a man who calls for the murder of the Prime Minister,
is so “conducive to the public good” that British taxpayers subsidize
him generously and provide a half-million-dollar home for him to live
on. Mrs May’s Home Office has just admitted to the UK Muhhamed al-Arefe
who advocates wife-beating.
Perhaps Mr May will try out Imam al-Arefe’s expert advice on the
beneficial effects of “light beating” on Theresa this weekend – or is
spousal abuse only “conducive to the public good” of Muslim women?

The reflexive illiberalism of Britain’s so-called liberals
– the urge to ban the debate rather than win it – is now so deeply
ingrained they will soon be hungry for new victories. Nearly four
centuries after Milton’s Areopagitica, freedom of speech is dead in
England. In denying her charges access to dissenting ideas, Mrs May is
inviting them to find alternative means of expression. No good will come
from this.

2) On the other hand, the Canadian Senate voted today to join the House of Commons and repeal Section 13 – the “hate speech” provisions of the country’s “human rights” law:

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