Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced. Political speech, being the most protected form of speech under the First Amendment, warrants the highest level of scrutiny against the laws that regulate it.
Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.
If speech that offends a group is outlawed or rendered too dangerous to utter, that group has absolute power, and a free society is destroyed. A group that cannot be criticized cannot be opposed. It can work its will no matter what it is, and no one will be able to say anything to stop it.
And that is exactly what is happening in the Western world today. This incident did not take place in Pakistan, but in Germany. Muhammad Taha Cheema did not call directly for the death of Faraz Pervaiz, but he knows that Islam has a death penalty for blasphemy, and he gave out his address. He knows that there will be other Muslims who will try to kill Pervaiz.
Muhammad Taha Cheema is not just some nut or random crazed fanatic. He describes himself on Twitter as the Official President of Europe PAK Muslim Youth, a German Elected Youth Councillor, and an Islamic Speaker. He won the Young Ambassador of Islam Award 2019.
If Angela Merkel had any interesting in preserving Germany as a free society, she would arrest Muhammad Taha Cheema immediately for threatening the life of Faraz Pervaiz. If he is not a German citizen, she should have him deported. And she should send German security agents to protect Faraz Pervaiz. But she will do none of these things. She will simply sit by and watch as Cheema calls for the enforcement of sharia blasphemy law, and as the darkness that is the death of the freedom of speech descends upon her once-free nation.
I received this urgent email:
Respected Sister Pamela Geller
Recently a prominent member of the European Pak Muslim Youth Parliament released a video with concerning comments about me.
Here is a translation of his comments.
Muhammad Taha Cheema is President European Pak Muslim youth German Elected youth councilor.
“I Muhammad Taha Cheema my brothers who are living in Thailand a person who made a blasphemous cartoon whose name is Faraz Pervaiz who speaks against the Prophet Muhammad. Brothers now we have his location. It is incumbent on the brothers in Thailand to take responsibility for finding him and and bringing him into the custody of the Thai police. He is now trying to flee to western countries but we have already submitted an application to have his name placed on the Exit Control List (ECL). He is a terrorist and doing terrorist activities in Thailand and many criminal cases have been registered against him in Thailand now Pakistani brothers just find and send him to jail I am going to tell you his address which I mention over the video Menaploy Peet Pracha uthit 69 room 225 Thung khru 10140 Thailand he is hidden there, now the sister who inform us about Faraz’ whereabouts her life is also in danger. He is torturing her and we must secure her life.”
These comments are deeply concerning to me and my family and associates. Muhammad Taha Cheema is misusing his power and abusing his authority as an elected official to perpetuate an agenda that harms me and my family.
He has provided the location details of where I am in hiding which comprises my safety especially in light of threats made recently by Saima Ishmail and other Jihadis who have placed a bounty on my head.
He is calling for me to be taken into police custody and tried for crimes that are (a) unfounded and unproven and (b) in any event did not occur within Thai jurisdiction. Thailand has no scope to prosecute me for blasphemy allegations that are alleged to have occurred in Pakistan.
Furthermore there is no precedent of people being safely carried into custody. It is more likely that these people will cause harm either by beating me or killing me or my family. These people have no intention of safely ensuring that I am conveyed into police custody.
My life is in imminent peril and so are my family’s lives. I am deeply concerned about all of our welfare and this situation has exacerbated my mother and father’s already precarious health conditions. Please act expediently to save us and our family. This situation has ascended to a critical point wherein if action is not taken immediately we will surely perish at the hands of extremists who aspire to extinguish our lives and silence us.
Please I beseech you to help us write it up about his act.
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