Two ways to shut down criticism of Islam

Despite living in the information age where freedom of speech is meant to be a right, books are being burnt and speech is being criminalised. A desire to silence critics of Islam is something that many progressives and followers of Islam have in common. Muslims in Lebanon responded to a rumour that there was a pamphlet in a Christian library that criticised Muhammad by burning down the library. Progressives in the West attack criticism of Islam or its followers by labelling it hate speech and criminalising it.


When we think of mass book burnings we tend to think of the Nazis who were big on destroying literature and knowledge that they did not approve of. It is happening again as another supremacist ideology ( Islam ) ?burned over 50,000 books in my grandparents’ homeland, Lebanon. While Progressives are not yet openly burning books like Muslims are in Lebanon they are attacking free speech in various western countries around the world by criminalising it. Again and again, the only speech they criminalise is speech that?criticises Islam or its followers.

An editor of Austria?s largest paper,?Kronen Zeitung, is to be tried for hate speech over a commentary he wrote about the migrant crisis last year.

On 25 October 2015, Christoph Biro wrote of the masses of migrants who were travelling through the Styrian countryside and remarked on the assaults and property damage committed by migrants,?reports?Kurier.

Calling the majority of the migrants??testosterone-driven Syrians?, Mr. Biro recounted the multiple reports of migrants carrying out, in his words, ?extremely aggressive sexual assaults?.

He also detailed Afghan men had slashed the seats of the trains that were transporting them to Germany because they refused to sit where Christians had previously sat.

…While many private individuals in Germany and Austria have been successfully prosecuted?for anti-migrant, or even migrant-critical rhetoric, the case against Mr. Biro marks the first time a member of the press has been prosecuted in Austria since the migrant crisis began.

Even politicians are not immune from hate speech investigations. A Vienna prosecutor is currently looking into charges against FP? leader Heinz-Christian Strache over posts made on his Facebook page by other users that may be deemed inflammatory by Austrian law. The prosecutor is looking into whether Mr. Strache or his staff could be liable for not removing offensive comments fast enough.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands politician, Geert Wilder’s appeal to throw out the hate speech charges against him have failed.

A court in The Hague decided on October 14 that the charges of hate speech against Dutch politician Geert Wilders, for statements he made in March 2014 at a political rally, are admissible in a court of law. It thereby rejected the Wilders’ appeal to throw out the charges as inadmissible in a court of law on the grounds that these are political issues and that a trial would, in fact, amount to a political process…

While campaigning in The Hague in March 2014, Wilders argued the need for fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. At an election meeting in The Hague, he asked those present a number of questions, one of which was “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans?” After the crowd responded “fewer” Wilders said, “We’re going to organize that.”

Even in America hate speech charges are being used to shut down Donald Trump’s access to social media.

Issues around Mr. Trump?s posts emerged when he posted on Facebook a link to a Dec. 7 campaign statement ?on preventing Muslim immigration.? The statement called for ?a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country?s representatives can figure out what is going on.?

Users flagged the December content as hate speech, a move that triggered a review by Facebook?s community-operations team, with hundreds of employees in several offices world-wide.