Yes, after another article defaming us in another Leftist publication, PayPal dropped both the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Jihad Watch. And yes, after a huge outcry, PayPal reinstated both. But that was just a minor setback for the Left-fascists: the Left’s post-Charlottesville all-out assault against the freedom of speech is continuing. Here are two of their recent advances:
1. Google changes its search results to return only positive results about Islam.
The establishment media in the West completely ignored the story, but Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported several weeks ago that “Google’s first page results for searches of terms such as ‘jihad’, ‘shariah’ and ‘taqiyya’ now return mostly reputable explanations of the Islamic concepts. Taqiyya, which describes the circumstances under which a Muslim can conceal their belief in the face of persecution, is the sole term to feature a questionable website on the first page of results.”
“Reputable” according to whom? “Questionable” according to whom? Google is bowing to pressure from Muslims such as Texas imam Omar Suleiman, who is mentioned in the Anadolu story as the driving force behind this initiative, without considering whether those who are demanding that the search results be skewed in a particular direction might have an ulterior motive. Could it be that those who are pressuring Google want to conceal certain truths about Islam that they would prefer that non-Muslims not know?
This is a real possibility, but of course Google executives would have to study Islam themselves in order to determine whether or not these Muslims who are pressuring them are misleading them, and that’s not going to happen. Still, they could have done a bit more due diligence, and made some efforts to determine whether those being tarred as “hate groups” really deserved the label, whether the Southern Poverty Law Center was really a reliable and objective arbiter of which groups were and weren’t “hate groups,” and whether the information that Google was suppressing was really inaccurate. Instead, Google seems to have swallowed uncritically everything Omar Suleiman and the others said.
Anadolu continues: “Suleiman said Google should differentiate between ‘criticism of Islam and hate-filled Islamophobia’, emphasizing the religion should not be infringed upon.”
That’s not clear. He apparently is saying that there is acceptable criticism of Islam that is not “hate-filled Islamophobia,” but if that is so, then the religion can be “infringed upon,” at least by this legitimate criticism, no? Or if the claim that Islam must not be “infringed upon” means that it cannot be criticized, why is that so of Islam but not any other religion?
Suleiman says: “I don’t think Google has a responsibility to portray Muslims positively. I think Google has a responsibility to weed out fear-mongering and hate groups but I don’t want Google to silence critique of Islam, or critique of Muslims.”
The problem with this is that neither Suleiman, nor Hamas-linked CAIR, nor anyone else who has ever said that there was a distinction between legitimate criticism of Islam and “hate-filled Islamophobia” has ever identified anyone he thinks is a legitimate critic of Islam who is not “Islamophobic.” Over 16 books now, as well as thousands of articles and over 45,000 blog posts, I have attempted to present a reasonable, documented, fair and accurate criticism of Islam and explanation of the jihad doctrine. Nevertheless, I’ve been tarred as a purveyor of “hate-filled Islamophobia” by groups and individuals that have never given my work a fair hearing, but have read it only to search of gotcha!-quotes they could wrench away from their obvious benign meaning in order to claim I was saying something hateful. And this isn’t just me — this happens to anyone and everyone who dares to utter a critical word about Islam or jihad, wherever they are on the political spectrum.
2. YouTube removes “Robert Spencer” playlist as “inappropriate”
This is not the Jihad Watch YouTube channel, which still remains (so far); nor was it an account I had any association with. This was simply a collection of some of videos featuring me that this man had made for his own reference.
YouTube user “NoNo Boddy” sent me the screenshot above, and explained:
As far as I recall it was just your stuff. Nothing crazy
I don’t actively use the channel at all really just was using it to bookmark stuff.
I’d actually forgotten I made it. I didn’t actually know if it was public or not. To be honest I didn’t know they come in public and private.
As I said when PayPal reinstated Jihad Watch’s account, the Left’s war on the freedom of speech is by no means over. They are determined to cut foes of jihad terror off from all means of communication.
And they’re not going to stop. They won’t stop until AFDI, the Geller Report and Jihad Watch are shut down, our books are not offered for sale on Amazon or anywhere else, and no one will dare host a speech by us. These fascists who call themselves “anti-fascists” are totalitarian: they are determined not to allow their opponents to murmur the slightest whisper of dissent.
This initiative is happening very rapidly, and those who should be standing up to it — the establishment Republicans and the Trump administration — don’t show any sign of even being aware it is happening.
But even if we are silenced, and all foes of jihad terror are silenced, the jihad will not go away. If there are any people on the Left who are not outright fascists and actually think they’re doing a good thing in standing against “hate,” they will eventually discover that they have been on the wrong side, and aided and abetted nothing less than the destruction of free society. But by then it will be too late.
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 Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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