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Sharia for New Year's
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Michael Ejercito
2018-01-07 17:48:51 UTC
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Sharia for New Year's
by Bruce Bawer
January 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11692/sharia-new-year


These extraordinary legal actions are almost exclusively reserved for the
punishment of those who have criticized Islam.

On the contrary, it seems clear that the real reason for these prosecutions
is that people in positions of authority fear violence by Muslims if their
critics go unsilenced.

The same reporters and commentators who insist that it is absurd to worry
about sharia coming to the West are, in fact, ideologically arm-in-arm with
those in authority who are aggressively introducing sharia-style laws in the
West, prosecuting speech that violates those laws, and issuing dark
warnings -- in tones unbefitting public officials in a free country -- that
you had better learn to be sharia-compliant or you will be sorry. The real
lesson of all this is that we had better learn to be aggressive in our
resistance to this proliferation of sharia-influenced prohibitions or we
will, indeed, end up being very, very sorry.

Last September, a man named Mark Feigin posted five comments on the Facebook
page of an Islamic center. They were not Islam-friendly. "THE MORE MUSLIMS
WE ALLOW INTO AMERICA," he wrote, "THE MORE TERROR WE WILL SEE." He called
Islam "dangerous" and said it has "no place in western civilization." A
couple of his comments included vulgar or profane language. On December 20,
the State of California sued Feigin, charging him with violation of a penal
code that reads, in part:

"Every person who, with intent to annoy or harass, makes repeated telephone
calls or makes repeated contact by means of an electronic communication
device... to another person is... guilty of a misdemeanor."

According to the state Attorney General's office, Feigin was guilty of a
crime because he had engaged in "repeated harassment" of people whose
religion he sought to "mock and disparage."

Eugene Volokh, the UCLA law professor whose "Volokh Conspiracy" blog is a
popular site of legal debate and discussion, wrote about Feigin's case on
December 29, noting that by the Attorney General's logic, the state would be
able to sue citizens who had written equally critical comments on, for
example, an NRA or pro-Trump website. "This can't possibly be consistent
with the First Amendment," Volokh said.

No, it certainly is not. But it is thoroughly consistent with Islamic law,
sharia. The simple fact is that nowadays it would be exceedingly unlikely to
see an individual in the Western world being prosecuted by a government for
mocking and disparaging a gun-rights organization or a Christian politician.
No, these extraordinary legal actions are almost exclusively reserved for
the punishment of those who have criticized Islam.


Consider the case of Danish author Lars Hedegaard, convicted of hate speech
in 2011 for mentioning in a private conversation in his own home that many
Muslim women and girls are raped by members of their own families. (His
conviction was later reversed by the Danish Supreme Court.) Or Dutch
politician Geert Wilders, tried three times in the Netherlands -- the third
time successfully -- for "hate speech" directed at Muslims. Or the late
Italian author Oriana Fallaci, tried in both France and Italy for,
respectively, "inciting religious hatred" and "defaming Islam." Or Finnish
politician Terhi Kiemunki, found guilty of "slandering and insulting
adherents of the Islamic faith" because she had "claimed that all of the
terrorists in Europe are Muslims."

Every day in the Western world, a wide range of opinions on every subject
under the sun are expressed in books, newspapers, magazines, speeches, and
television and radio interviews. An extremely tiny fraction of these
statements of opinion results in lawsuits for libel or personal defamation.
And only rarely does a government prosecutor bring an individual up on
charges for criticizing a group or a religion or for engaging in "hate
speech."

Invariably, the subject at hand is Islam. Politicians and commentators
justify these prosecutions on the grounds that Muslims in the West are a
vulnerable minority and that speaking ill of their faith could encourage
prejudice or even violence against them. On the contrary, it seems clear
that the real reason for these prosecutions is that people in positions of
authority fear violence by Muslims if their critics go unsilenced.

What such prosecutions amount to is the introduction of a key element of
sharia law into the West. It is ironic, then, that on the day after Volokh
posted his observations about the Mark Feigin lawsuit in California, the
Guardian published an article by Ed Pilkington reporting that in the U.S.,
in the course of 2017, bills had been introduced in 18 state legislatures
banning sharia law. "Legal experts point out that the bills are
superfluous," wrote Pilkington, "as the US constitution is the supreme law
of the land and any foreign laws are subservient to it."

According to one Elsadig Elsheikh, stated Pilkington, the real reason for
the anti-sharia bills was to spread fear of American Muslims. "Even if these
bills do not become law," said Elsheikh, who monitors these anti-sharia
legislative efforts on behalf of something called the Hass Institute, "they
help to subject Muslims to surveillance and other forms of exclusion and
discrimination." Pilkington went on to quote other "experts" -- from the
execrable Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the terrorist-linked
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- to the effect that
anti-sharia laws "further marginalize and ostracize the Muslim community,"
normalize "Islamophobia," and so on.

Nowhere in Pilkington's article was there even a hint that sharia is, in
fact, on the march in the West, marginalizing others, not least in his own
country, the United Kingdom -- where, as we have seen, the police can seem
to be less eager to pursue actual criminals than to torment those whom they
consider guilty of hate speech. (Last June, for example, three men in
Northern Ireland were arrested for displaying "anti-Islamic material," and
two people in West Mercia were taken into custody for burning a Koran.) The
sharia-style trials of Wilders, Hedegaard and others went unmentioned by
Pilkington. So did the prosecution in California of Mark Feigin. Pilkington
made no reference to the German court which, last June, actually "authorized
a group of self-appointed Sharia police to continue enforcing Islamic law in
the city of Wuppertal."

Nor did Pilkington take note of a German hate-speech law that compels online
social networks to scrub offensive postings. The law, which went into effect
on January 1, does not spell out what constitutes an offensive posting, but
it does not have to: by now, everyone knows what such prohibitions are all
about. It was under this law that New Year's postings by Beatrix von Storch
and Alice Weidel, officials of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, were
removed from Facebook and Twitter. Der Spiegel applauded these suppressive
actions, but lamented that muzzling Storch and Weidel enabled them "to
present themselves as a [sic] victim." Der Spiegel loftily dismissed an AfD
official's statement that the new law means "the end of the freedom of
opinion," even though it surely is, at the very least, an alarming and
significant step toward stifling free speech. (To its credit, the popular
daily Bild recognized the danger of the new law, and ran a headline that
read, "Please spare us the thought police!" and called for the law to "be
abolished immediately.")

The sinister bottom line here is that the same reporters and commentators
who keep insisting that it is absurd to worry about sharia coming to the
West are, in fact, ideologically arm-in-arm with those in authority who are
aggressively introducing sharia-style laws in the West, aggressively
prosecuting speech that violates those laws, and issuing dark warnings -- in
tones unbefitting public officials in a free country -- that you had better
learn to be sharia-compliant or you will be sorry. The real lesson of all
this, of course, is that we had better learn to be aggressive in our
resistance to this proliferation of sharia-influenced prohibitions or we
will, indeed, end up being very, very sorry.

Bruce Bawer is the author of the new novel The Alhambra (Swamp Fox
Editions). His book While Europe Slept (2006) was a New York Times
bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

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Loose Cannon
2018-01-07 19:28:23 UTC
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On Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:48:51 -0800, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Sharia for New Year's
by Bruce Bawer
January 7, 2018 at 5:00 am
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11692/sharia-new-year
These extraordinary legal actions are almost exclusively reserved for the
punishment of those who have criticized Islam.
No punishment could ever be too severe for jews and their low-life
supporters who criticize Islam. The jews should go back to where they
belong (Eastern Europe) and gooks should get on the next Banana Boat
to Manila.
The Peeler
2018-01-07 21:11:18 UTC
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On Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:28:23 -0500, Loose Sphincter, the unhappily married
nazi homo, whined again:

<FLUSH the retarded gay nazi sow's usual idiotic blather>

...and nothing's left!
--
Loose Sphincter about his predilection:
"Foreskins, and only foreskins. That's my life."
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M***@thruhikinggear.com
2018-01-08 01:56:35 UTC
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Post by Loose Cannon
On Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:48:51 -0800, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Sharia for New Year's
by Bruce Bawer
January 7, 2018 at 5:00 am
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11692/sharia-new-year
These extraordinary legal actions are almost exclusively reserved for the
punishment of those who have criticized Islam.
No punishment could ever be too severe for jews and their low-life
supporters who criticize Islam. The jews should go back to where they
belong (Eastern Europe) and gooks should get on the next Banana Boat
to Manila.
You're the low life; the girls keep their thighs shut whenever you're around. And they will still keep their thighs shut even if you got to eastern Europe or Manilla.
Loose Cannon
2018-01-08 04:13:04 UTC
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Post by M***@thruhikinggear.com
Post by Loose Cannon
On Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:48:51 -0800, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Sharia for New Year's
by Bruce Bawer
January 7, 2018 at 5:00 am
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11692/sharia-new-year
These extraordinary legal actions are almost exclusively reserved for the
punishment of those who have criticized Islam.
No punishment could ever be too severe for jews and their low-life
supporters who criticize Islam. The jews should go back to where they
belong (Eastern Europe) and gooks should get on the next Banana Boat
to Manila.
You're the low life; the girls keep their thighs shut whenever you're around. And they will still keep their thighs shut even if you got to eastern Europe or Manilla.
As opposed to you who craves the gook's ladyboy ass-cheeks in the
Queen Mary parking lot.
The Peeler
2018-01-08 11:32:33 UTC
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On Sun, 07 Jan 2018 23:13:04 -0500, Loose Sphincter, the unhappily married
Post by Loose Cannon
Post by M***@thruhikinggear.com
You're the low life; the girls keep their thighs shut whenever you're
around. And they will still keep their thighs shut even if you got to
eastern Europe or Manilla.
As opposed to you who craves the gook's ladyboy ass-cheeks in the
Queen Mary parking lot.
Can't you even TRY to hide your homosexuality, Loose Sphincter? No, wait,
you are actually trying to "impress" your serbian pimp with it, right? LOL
--
Loose Sphincter about his passion:
" I love eating the Shit out of Poor Helpless Dumb Goran Razovic! LOL"
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M***@thruhikinggear.com
2018-01-08 11:39:43 UTC
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Post by Loose Cannon
On Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:48:51 -0800, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Sharia for New Year's
by Bruce Bawer
January 7, 2018 at 5:00 am
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11692/sharia-new-year
These extraordinary legal actions are almost exclusively reserved for the
punishment of those who have criticized Islam.
No punishment could ever be too severe for jews and their low-life
supporters who criticize Islam. The jews should go back to where they
belong (Eastern Europe) and gooks should get on the next Banana Boat
to Manila.
You're the low life; the girls keep their thighs shut whenever you're around. And they will still keep their thighs shut even if you got to eastern Europe or Manilla.
As opposed to you who craves the gook's ladyboy ass-cheeks in the
Queen Mary parking lot.
Faggots are very familiar with your ass cheeks.

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