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Robert Spencer: Muslim MP Turns Up the Heat in Her Battle Against Free Speech in Australia

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Heat Street reported Thursday that Anne Aly, a Muslim MP in Australia, has “called for tougher speech laws so that it is illegal to offend Muslims because of their religion.” She declares that “race discrimination laws should be expanded to cover insults based on religion as well.” This would, of course, establish Muslims as a protected class, beyond criticism, including counter-terror analysis. If Anne Aly succeeds, the jihad can advance in Australia, and no one would be able to say a word in opposition to it.

Anne Aly has for years been an Islamic supremacist foe of free discourse. In August 2014 I wrote here about her false claims that Islam doesn’t sanction beheading and grants equality of rights to women. Instead of responding on substance, which I understand that she could not really do since I had produced numerous Qur’an verses that rather directly showed her to be lying, she claimed that she had received “hate mail” from Jihad Watch readers; six months later that claim had morphed into death threats. Predictably, that became the story, as dubious as her claims were, not her deceptions.

Now, if she gets her way in Australia, she could just have me arrested — not for the alleged hate mail or death threats, but for my initial post exposing her deceptions. This proposed law clearly would establish Muslims as a protected class, above all criticism, which would have the effect of allowing the jihad to advance unimpeded and unopposed.

And it would do all this because criticizing Islam would be considered “racist.” This is so obviously ridiculous that the far-Left fake news and propaganda outfit BuzzFeed rushed to Aly’s defense, running a particularly striking and revolting example of a hard-Left propagandist running interference for the imposition of Sharia blasphemy laws. Aly was given space on BuzzFeed Australia’s political podcast to explain that “anti-Muslim hatred” should be considered racist.

Mark Di Stefano of BuzzFeed assures is that Aly is “well aware of the ‘but Islam is not a race’ retort used by trolls online.” You see, it’s only “trolls online” who dare to assert that Islam is not a race. No serious person would think such a crazy thing. At least in the bizarre and addled Leftist mind of BuzzFeed.

No violence against any innocent person is ever justified, whether it’s called “racism” or not. The problem here is that numerous Islamic groups have made clear that in referring to “anti-Muslim hatred,” they mean not just attacks on or harassment of innocent Muslims, but also any honest analysis of how jihad terrorists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Thus to label this racist is an attempt to shut down all critical analysis of the jihad terrorists’ motivating ideology; they will then be able to advance unopposed and unimpeded.

Anne Aly would have you believe that those who oppose jihad terror and Sharia supremacism “have the same motivations as racism.” Yes, that’s right: in Anne Aly’s world, opposing jihad terror and speaking about its Qur’anic justifications stems from the same impulse as segregated drinking fountains. She doesn’t even entertain the possibility that someone might oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression out of a concern to preserve and defend societies that respect human rights and the freedom of speech.

BuzzFeed also tells us that Aly has “worked as de-radicalisation expert,” which is noteworthy in light of the mountain of evidence that “de-radicalization” programs don’t work, and have an ever-lengthening history of failure, as you can see here.

Di Stefano also bats back a quite sensible observation from a fellow member of Parliament who suggested that Aly’s initiative stemmed from Sharia principles. Aly, we’re told, “brushed off a claim by Liberal MP Tim Wilson that she’s actually arguing for blasphemy laws. She pointed to the fact that hatred against Jewish people and Sikhs could both be protected under the Act’s controversial 18C, despite neither being ‘a race.”

Australia needs to clarify what exactly it thinks a “race” is for the purposes of this absurd and sinister law, and how it proposes to distinguish between legitimate criticism and “racism.” In any case, if Aly’s proposal is adopted, it will be the death of Australia as a free society.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

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