Where are the Muslim counter protests in defense of free speech?
20 years after 9/11 and this is the upshot? Beheading teachers, closing schools for showing a cartoon – the West is done.
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.
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.
Muslims are the only immigrant group to come to the West with a ready-made model of society that their religion dictates is superior to man made law.
Islamic law forbids criticism of Islam, Quran, Muhammad. If they cannot be criticized in the US, we are in effect accepting Islamic law as overriding the freedom of speech. This would establish Muslims as a protected class and prevent honest discussion of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism.
Any criticism of jihad terror that examines its ideological roots in Islam is called Islamophobia, The word is used to intimidate people into thinking there is something wrong with opposing jihad terror. This deforms our response to terrorism by placing off-limits any examination of its guiding ideology, and effectively enforces Sharia blasphemy laws in the US by placing Islam, Quran, Muhammad beyond criticism.
If speech that offends a group is outlawed, 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.
The Muhammad cartoons are a flash point in the discussion about free speech because according to Islamic law they are blasphemy, punishable by death. Many have been killed over them. At issue is whether we will protect those who draw them and exhibit them, and thereby protect free speech and free society, or censor ourselves and others over them, thereby in effect adopting Sharia.
Inoffensive speech needs no protection. The First Amendment was developed precisely in order to protect speech that was offensive to some, in order to prevent those who had power from claiming they were offended by speech opposing them and silencing the powerless.
A free society is by its nature one in which people put up with others being uncivil and offensive. The alternative is a quiet authoritarian society in which only one opinion is allowed and the others are silenced, and ultimately sent to the camps.
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Teacher who sparked Batley school ‘blasphemy’ protests wrote of his love for his ‘fantastic’ jobThe RE teacher who sparked a blasphemy protest at the gates after allegedly showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to students is a ‘burly Yorkshire lad’, it was revealed today.The amateur rugby player, who is in his late 20s, had trained to teach in the mid-2010s after going to university in the north of England, and now lives a short distance from his Batley school with his partner.In an article about life as a trainee teacher, he wrote: ‘Teaching is a fantastic profession. One which I cannot wait to start.’He added: ‘You also teach them about life’.He had spoken of his experiences as a trainee teacher, saying how it was a ‘fantastic’ profession that he ‘could not wait’ to begin, The Telegraph reports.One neighbour called him a ‘nice man’, while another called him a ‘good, honest, burly Yorkshire lad’ who ‘always had a smile for us’.
Teacher facing death threats for ‘showing Prophet Mohammed cartoons to students’ was whisked away from home after police advice – as it emerges ‘no parents’ were among protesters condemned for gathering outside school by Gavin Williamson
- Batley Grammar School closed to all students at last minute amid ongoing row over RE teacher’s lesson
- Amateur rugby player, in his late 20s, had trained to teach in the mid-2010s and hailed his ‘fantastic’ job
- But ‘burly Yorkshire lad’ allegedly showed cartoon of Prophet Mohammed at Batley Grammar School
- He has been suspended from his job and is getting police advice after incident this week
- Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has now condemned the death threats made against the teacher
By: Shekhar Bhatia, Marton Robinson, Daily Mail, 26 March 2021:The teacher suspended by Batley Grammar School was rushed from his flat with his girlfriend and their family after receiving death threats – as the headteacher today kept 980 children at home after 50 Muslim protesters from outside the area turned up for a second day, MailOnline can reveal.The ‘burly Yorkshire lad’ in his 20s, who has not been named, is getting support from police after he allegedly showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to students, some of whom have launched a petition trying to save his job, which has been signed by approaching 2,000 people.None of the demonstrators MailOnline spoke to this morning were parents of children at the school, and had travelled to Batley from Dewsbury, Bradford and Leeds to join a smaller group of locals social media and WhatsApp groups. Many have pledged to protest there every day until he is sacked.Education secretary Gavin Williamson has condemned the protests and said schools must be free to show ‘challenging or controversial’ materials in class. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said it was ‘very disturbing’that the teacher has been forced into hiding.The amateur rugby player, trained to teach in the mid-2010s after going to university in the north of England, and now lives in the area close to his West Yorkshire school with his partner. Recently he described his love of his job and helping educate young people from his area.His neighbour, who is concerned for her own safety after protesters published his name online, has told MailOnline that he left his home at 9.30am yesterday and was rushed into a black vehicle. It is not known if it was an unmarked police car.She added: ‘I saw him and his family leaving in a rush yesterday. They got into a black car. A car which belongs to them is still at the front. They seemed in a hurry and they haven’t come back last night and are not here today. I have phoned the police myself because I am worried in case there is any trouble as I live above them and I have got a baby. I can’t go and stay with my parents because of Covid.’Dozens of British Muslims, all of them men, returned to the school today, holding prayers and speeches and demanding the immediate sacking of the teacher at the school, where almost three-quarters of pupils are from minority ethnic groups.A protester speaking ‘on behalf of the Muslim community’ read out a statement outside of the school on Friday, in which he said: ‘The teachers have breached the position of trust and failed their duty of safeguarding, and this issue must be addressed as a matter of urgency.‘We do not accept that the school has taken this issue seriously, given that it’s taken them four days to merely suspend only one of the teachers involved’. He called on the entire British Muslim community to review the materials being taught in their children’s schools.The row of the teacher’s RE lesson continues as:
- Ministers speak out to defend ‘free speech’ and demand people protesting outside the school must go home and let the school and council investigate;
- Protesters say they will come every day and have done nothing wronmg by naming the teacher online, claiming if he had upset the LGBT or Jewish communities he would have already been sacked;
- Neighbours described a ‘kind’ and ‘smiling’ teacher who loved his job and saw helping students as his vocation;
- Pupils launch petition to save his job, which has also been backed by some Muslim parents whose children were taught by him;
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